How Globalization Affects Labor-Management Relations

Counsel to Counsel

In this attorney-authored article, Littler Mendelson's Gavin Appleby and Jim Ferber discuss how the increasing outsourcing of US jobs should force unions and management to see the benefits of working together. "U.S. jobs are being lost at an alarming rate—manufacturing jobs to China, call center positions to India and research jobs all over the globe—rendering the adversarial premise of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) an outdated piece of legislation." Appleby and Ferber name the causes of outsourcing, including high US labor costs, and note that "If unions and employees work with management to make producing U.S. goods more competitive, whether through labor costs or other means, jobs can be retained.

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