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Accounting for Pensions and Employee Benefits at Ford and Toyota

Authors: Miller, Gregory S.; Skinner, Douglas J.; Donohue, Laura E.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2005

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Uses Ford's and Toyota's financial statements to familiarize students with the information provided in pension footnotes.

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Employment at Will

A Legal Perspective

Authors: Paine, Lynn S.; Bruner, Christopher M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2005

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Provides a brief overview of the employment-at-will doctrine, an important concept unique to the U.S. legal system and business landscape.

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Standards as a New Form of Social Contract? Sustainability Initiatives in the Coffee Industry

Authors: Giovannucci, Daniele; Ponte, Stephano
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports; Cases
Source: Food Policy, Volume 30, Issue 3, Pages 284-301
Publication Year: 2005

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This article examines the dynamics of this new configuration through the case study of sustainability initiatives in the coffee sector.

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Rejuvenating Wal-Mart's Reputation

Author: Hemphill, Thomas A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2005

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Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, was named by Fortune as the "most admired company in America" for the years 2003 and 2004. However, these and other accolades have not quieted a chorus of critics...

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Shareholder Value and Employee Interests: Intersections Between Corporate Governance, Corporate Law and Labour Law

Authors: Mitchell, Richard; O'Donnell, Anthony; Ramsay, Ian
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation and Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
Publication Year: 2005

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It has been observed that corporate law and labour (or employment) law are in essence separate fields of legal scholarship and regulatory policy. This separation does not mean that there has been no interest by company lawyers in labour law or vice versa; nor does it mean that the two fields do not have relevance to one another. Clearly both corporate law and labour law have provided certain fundamental starting points for analysis which have helped shape the regulatory scope of each other.

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The Case of the Plant Relocation

Author: Musalo, Karen
Product Type: Cases
Source: Makkula Center for Applied Ethics
Publication Year: 2005

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Your company can make more money for shareholders by relocating plants to a country with low costs and fewer regulations. What's your decision?

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Compensation Reform at Denver Public Schools

Authors: Beaulieu, Nancy Dean; Suesse, Jennifer M.; Moore-Johnson, Susan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2004

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Focuses on using compensation as a lever for organizational improvement.

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Managing Industrial Unrest: A Caribbean Conundrum

Authors: Ferdinand, J.; Norman, R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Australia and New Zealand School of Government
Publication Year: 2004

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On 10 September 2000, Michael Adams, the General Manager of Mesopotamia Brewery Ltd, was convinced that he had serious industrial unrest on his hands.

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Note on Organized Labor in U.S. Public Education

Author: Leschly, Stig
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2003

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Surveys the history, structure, and activities of the two dominant U.S. teachers unions, which represent approximately 90% of U.S. public school teachers.

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Labor-Management Partnerships for Working Families

Authors: Joyner, Carol; Corey, Bill; Freeman, Richard D.; Rondeau, Kris
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: MIT Workplace Center
Publication Year: 2003

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One of the basic premises of the MIT Workplace Center is that society will be able to address and solve work-family issues only when the full spectrum of stakeholders with responsibility for these issues work together. This premise leads us to explore one promising approach to engaging multiple stakeholders: labor-management partnerships. We asked representatives of three leading examples of labor-management partnerships to discuss their approaches in the Center’s Fall 2002 Seminar Series.

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The Strategic Use of Individual Employment Agreements: Three Case Studies

Author: Fetter, Joel
Product Type: Cases; Journal Articles
Source: Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
Publication Year: 2002

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In light of varying outlooks on the process of individualisation in the hitherto collectively regulated industries, it was thought worthwhile revisiting the three disputes (those involving CRA Weipa, BHP, and the Commonwealth Bank) and thoroughly documenting them with a view to discovering what light they shed on the objectives of the individualisation process.

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Compliance, Collaboration, and Codes of Labor Practice

The adidas Connection

Authors: Frenkel, Stephen J.; Scott, Duncan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2002

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Comprising networked organizations that span advanced and developing countries, the athletic footwear sector is at the cutting edge of globalization.

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Broad-Based Employee Stock Options - A Union-Nonunion Comparison

Authors: Kroumova, Maya; Sesil, James; Kruse, Douglas; Blasi, Joseph
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Volume 11, Elsevier
Publication Year: 2002

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Until recently, stock options were primarily reserved for senior executives and selected managers in most American corporations. In the last decade or so, however, stock options have become part of the compensation package for an increasing number of rank-and-file employees.

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Clayoquot Controversy: A Stakeholder Dialogue Simulation

Authors: Lawrence, Anne T.; Svendsen, Ann
Product Type: Exercises
Source: CoreRelation Consulting
Publication Year: 2002

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This simulation exercise is designed to teach the skills of stakeholder engagement and dialogue. Through an experiential exercise, students are taught to find common ground when facing complex conflicts involving business firms and their stakeholders. The particular situation involves a leading forest products company in Canada, MacMillan Bloedel.

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Rekindling the Movement

Labor's Quest for 21st Century Relevance

Authors: Turner, Lowell; Katz, Harry; Hurd, Richard
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: ILR Cornell University Press
Publication Year: 2001

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This book offers a collection of 13 essays or chapters examining the changes and revival of the labor movement.

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'New Economy' High-Tech Jobs Look Much Like Old Economy Low-Wage Work

Author: Moran, Patrick
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Labor Notes
Publication Year: 2001

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The “new economy” is another name for an old bag of tricks where promise and reality don’t match up. E-workers counting on valuable stock options, a revolutionized workplace, and premier wages and benefits have instead gotten mediocre wages, useless stock options, relentless production pressure, and maximum job insecurity.

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Nike's Dispute with the University of Oregon

Authors: Lawrence, A; Morris, R
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Case Research Journal
Publication Year: 2001

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In April 2000, Philip Knight, Founder and Deputy Executive Officer of the athletic shoe and apparel company Nike Inc, announced that he would no longer give money to his alma mater, the University of Oregon, because the university had joined the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC). Knight was upset because Nike had helped found and was an active supporter of a different approach to establishing fair wages and working conditions in the overseas shoe and apparel industry.

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Champion International

Authors: Beer, Michael; Weber, James
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2000

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Richard Olson, a long-tenured employee, was named CEO of Champion in 1996. Champion had been conducting an organizational transformation since the early 1980s that could be considered successful on most operational and social measures. However, due to industry dynamics, success on the financial side has been harder to achieve.

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Hitting the Wall: Nike and International Labor Practices

Authors: Spar, Debora L.; Burns, Jennifer
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2000

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After years of high-profile media attention as the company that can "just do it," Nike is suddenly being portrayed as a firm that relies on low-cost, exploited labor in its overseas plants...

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Lucent Technologies

Author: Kochan, Thomas A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Rebuilding the Social Contract at Work: Lessons from Leading Cases, Institute for Work and Employment Research, Sloan School of Management, MIT
Publication Year: 1999

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Lucent was created in 1994 as part of AT&T's tri-vestiture. This case focuses on the dilemma faced by a new company that inherited a labor-management consultation structure developed by AT&T, a structure that has broken down in many respects, and that does not seem adequate to the challenges of the new company in a new and highly competitive market...

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Employee Buyouts and Industrial Relations under Employee Ownership: A Case Study of Karabuk Steel Mill

Author: Yildirim, Engin
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Economic and Industrial Democracy (Sage), Vol. 20: 561-582
Publication Year: 1999

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This article examines the employee buyout process and industrial relations under employee ownership based on the case study of the Karabuk steel mill.

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Southwest Airlines

Author: Kochan, Thomas A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Rebuilding the Social Contract at Work: Lessons from Leading Cases, Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management
Publication Year: 1999

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Southwest Airlines has consistently been successful in terms of profitability, good employee and union relations, and customer satisfaction – at a time when most airline carriers are struggling in all these areas. Central to the company's success is a culture of flexibility, family-orientation, and fun...

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United Airlines

Author: Kochan, Thomas A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Rebuilding the Social Contract at Work: Lessons from Leading Cases, Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management
Publication Year: 1999

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In 1994 United Airlines became the largest employee majority-owned enterprise in the United States, with various groups of employees – most represented by unions – having purchased 55% of its stock in exchange for various concessions. The employees accepted pay cuts and made other concessions, but were also granted representation on the company's board of directors...

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Modern Manors

Welfare Capitalism Since the New Deal

Author: Jacoby, Sanford M.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Princeton University Press
Publication Year: 1998

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In Modern Manors, author Sanford M. Jacoby takes on an interesting and little-discussed subject: the corporation as the core social welfare system in modern times.

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United Airlines: Employee Buyout

Author: Chaplinsky, Susan J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
Publication Year: 1998

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This case focuses on a large-scale corporate restructuring that involves changes to United Airlines' (UAL) operating strategy and financing. Through a recapitalization of the company, UAL's pilots, machinists, and salaried workers become majority shareholders of the firm.

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Kansas City Zephyrs Baseball Club, Inc.

Authors: Merchant, Kenneth A.; Palepu, Krishna G.; Mulloy, Joseph P.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1996

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Describes a dispute between the owners of the major league baseball teams and the players' union about the profitability of the baseball teams. The issue is important because of the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations.

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Adam Baxter Co./Local 190 Contract Negotiation

Authors: Medvec, Victoria; McGinn, Kathleen L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1996

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This case helps students to develop an understanding of the complexities of management/labor relations; to develop negotiation skills in ongoing team negotiations over time.

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Adam Baxter Co./Local 190: 1985 Negotiation, Baxter Management Confidential Information

Authors: Medvec, Victoria; McGinn, Kathleen L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1996

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This case helps students to develop an understanding of the complexities of management/labor relations; to develop negotiation skills in ongoing team negotiations over time.

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Vancom Transportation, Inc. (A, B)

Author: Barnes, Louis B.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1994

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Describes the history and evolution of a school/public bus transit company that has grown rapidly and successfully by (gradually) pushing...

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North American Free Trade Agreement

Free For Whom?

Authors: Shapiro, Helen; Dininio, Phyllis
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1994

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Mexico, the United States, and Canada have negotiated a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that would create the largest free trade zone in the world. The union would build on the three-year-old Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Canada. Proponents claim that NAFTA is a "win-win-win" situation, but its detractors argue that it would reduce wages, create unemployment, and generate environmental problems.

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Empowerment or Else

Author: Frey, Robert
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1993

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Nine years ago, the author bought a small manufacturing company with marginal profits, poor union relations, nit-picking work rules, and high labor costs. After a year of bickering, Frey decided he wanted to implement profit sharing.

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Time-and-Motion Regained

Author: Adler, Paul
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1993

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Western manufacturers have long believed that standardized work in a hierarchical environment alienates employees, poisons labor relations, stifles initiative, and lowers quality. This belief sets up Frederick W. Taylor's time-and-motion studies as the enemy of manufacturing innovation and excellence.

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Johnson Controls and Protective Exclusion from the Workplace (A, B)

Author: Lawrence, Anne T.
Product Type: Cases
Source: North American Case Research Association, Case Research Journal, Winter 1993; The Laurier Institute
Publication Year: 1993

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Johnson Controls, a leading manufacturer of automotive batteries, decided to exclude fertile women from production jobs because of possible hazards of lead exposure to the fetus...

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Xerox Corporation

Author: Kochan, Thomas A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Rebuilding the Social Contract at Work: Lessons from Leading Cases, Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management
Publication Year: 1992

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This cases focuses on the relationship between the company and its approximately 4,000 unionized workers near Rochester, New York. These workers are represented by the union, UNITE, with which the company has had an extraordinarily good collaborative relationship for over twenty years...

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American Airlines (A, B, C)

Author: Loveman, Gary W.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1990

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After having signed a very expensive new contract with its pilots' union in early 1991, American is now faced with the challenge of increasing productivity and controlling costs for its other employee groups.

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The Poletown Dilemma

Author: Nichols III, Charles A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1989

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Senior management of General Motors must select a site for a new assembly plant to replace two plants located in Detroit. The economics strongly favor a site in an adjacent state. However, a relocation would have substantial, negative impacts...

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