Accession Number : ADA116753

Title :   Factors Favoring Military Unions in the United States Armed Forces.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,


Personal Author(s) : Easum,Thomas P , Jr

PDF Url : ADA116753

Report Date : 19 Apr 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : The paper examines three questions: Should members of the Armed Forces be denied the right to collectively bargain when Federal civilian employees can? Do military unions degrade morale, discipline or combat effectiveness of Armed Forces? Is PL 95-610 (denying the right of military members to join unions) constitutional? The thesis is that the military members should not be denied this right. The fact that they are, is based on a presumpt of that unions would undermine command authority and present a clear threat to morale and readiness. A review of unionized armed forces of a number of European countries, however, refutes this contention. In fact, military unions have generally been a force for solving problems without ill effect. As to the legality of PL95-610, it is still an unknown as the law has not been challenged in the courts. Unionization of the US Armed Forces is a dormant issue, but not a dead one. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Labor unions, *Bargaining, Military forces(United States), Employee relations, Morale, Combat effectiveness, Operational readiness, Problem solving, Military commanders, Enlisted personnel, Officer personnel, Job satisfaction, Performance(Human), Manpower utilization, Leadership, Western Europe, Military forces(Foreign), Feasibility studies, Federal law

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE