Case Study Presentation: Global Industrial Relations at Ford Motor Company
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As part of my Staff Management course, a group of my classmates and I presented a case study about Ford Motor's relationship with unions in multiple countries.

As part of my Staff Management course, a group of my classmates and I presented a case study about Ford Motor's relationship with unions in multiple countries.

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Case Study Presentation: Global Industrial Relations at Ford Motor Company Case Study Presentation: Global Industrial Relations at Ford Motor Company Presentation Transcript

  • + Case 7.1: Global Industrial Relations at Ford Motor Company Group 4: Leslie Closterman, Lily Busher, Yevie Teyfukova, Kristen Arps, Jamie Shannon
  • + Agenda  Intro to Case Study  Questions  Key Takeaways  Discussion  Sources
  • + Intro to the Case Study  Ford Motor Company   ~215,000 employees worldwide   30 countries 56 different unions across countries Challenge: Variety of Unions  i.e. Australia- subcommittees at a local level versus Germanycentralized negotiations via national employers’ association
  • + Question 1  What is the nature and role of bargaining?  To negotiate mutually agreeable terms of employment including:   Hours  Health and safety policies   Salary and benefits Leave Conflict resolution in the workplace www.aflcio.org/Learn-About-Unions/Collective-Bargaining
  • + Question 1 -continued What is the role of government in bargaining?  Regulates employment conditions  Provide benefits i.e. health care, gov’t pensions  Setting bargaining and striking rules  Resolve conflicts via legal system  Government as an employer  Negotiates with employees  Large number of public sector unions  Sets precedent nationwide http://www.shareyouressays.com/116929/what-is-the-role-of-government-in-collective-bargaining
  • + Question 2  What problems do you see for MNEs (multi-national enterprises) that must bargain with unions in multiple countries?   Economic conditions  Culturally-bound values  Level and logistics of communication  Varying definitions and understanding of contracts   Country-specific legislation and regulations Language barriers How do you advise that these be resolved?  Research! (i.e. U.S. Dept of Labor, Int’l Labor Org, etc.)  Communicate!
  • + Question 3  What do you predict for the future of unions and union relations in the global economy and why?  Changing workforce   Growth of private versus public sector unions   Possible trend: decline of unions due to greater job mobility More private sector employment  more private unions Global economic growth=international union expansion  Possible trend: unions may begin to play a larger role in historically poorer countries as economies improve and exploitation is tolerated less
  • + Key Takeaways  Union structures and relations vary by country  Communication between all involved parties (employee, employer and government) is essential  Conditions  Future field change continually of unions is unknown, much debate in the
  • + Discussion  Thoughts?  Comments?  Examples?
  • + Sources and Additional Resources  AFL-CIO America’s Unions (2014). Collective Bargaining. Retrieved from http://www.aflcio.org/Learn-AboutUnions/Collective-Bargaining  Share Your Essays (2014). What is the Role of Government in Collective Bargaining? Retrieved from http://www.shareyouressays.com/116929/what-is-the-role-ofgovernment-in-collective-bargaining