Accession Number : ADA141752

Title :   A Case against Unionization in the Armed Forces.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,


Personal Author(s) : Furtado,W J

PDF Url : ADA141752

Report Date : 04 Apr 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : This paper examines the issue of unionization within the Armed Forces of the United States from a rational rather than emotional standpoint. The paper is introduced by an overview and an historical background which presents the development of legal framework for collective bargaining in both the private and public sectors, and establishes a context for the discussion of military issues. Three major issues are then developed and addressed in separate chapters: (1) the question of successful precedence; (2) the question of constitutionality; and (3) erosion of the military institution. The author concludes that there is no successful precedence, either in this country or in Western Europe. Further, that the existing law prohibiting union membership by members of the Armed Forces is in fact constitutional. Finally, that the problem of erosion, although real, is self-inflicted and can only be cured within. The author suggests that the question of unionization is not over and that professional associations, such as the AUSA, might be play an important part in eliminating the need from outside--for a military trade union.

Descriptors :   *Military forces(United States), *Labor unions, Federal law

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE