Ethics in Unions

Ethicsin Unions

Ethicsin Unions

Theethical approach and maintenance of a healthy working place aims atachieving the following at the operations of the unions promote thesocial justice of the unions, introduce and maintain economic equitywithin the unions and promote workplace democracy in the regionsrepresented by the union. Furthermore, it is imperative that eachunion follows a strict code of ethics to ensure they establish a setof values important to the business at hand. More so, following theethics for the collective bargain will create a common framework forwhich there exist a cooperation and mutual understanding between thevarious people within the union.

Aleading example of a program to ensure unions follow ethics is thesocial contract. The establishment of a social contract is when asingle party will offer something of benefit to another that producesa reciprocating mandate (Menzel,2016).Menzeladds that for the social contract to come to pass, the second partymust complete and fulfill the mandate of availing benefits to thefirst party (2016).The social contract will bind the union and the organization into acommon understanding of maintaining the moral and ethicalobligations. The program is beneficial to the unions and the societyas it is common experience that the society avails privileges to thevarious organizations and unions that contribute positively to thesociety (Menzel,2016).In so doing, the unions cannot monopolize the workforce withintentions to disrupt the availability of the various services andgoods to the community (Menzel,2016).

Anadditional program to implement ethical behavior within the unions inpromoting the social responsibility is the moral obligation. Inethical obligation program, the huge emphasis is on the actions andbehavior of the labor movements. The provision is that the labormovements place high moral efficacy on their actions and focus lesson the consequences of their work (Treviño,2011).That way, the unions will aim to improve the set ethical approachesof their work. The ethical obligation requires the members of theassociation to follow the established protocol. The protocol, forinstance, provides the ethical steps to follow when a union memberwishes to whistle blow on any unethical practices within the union.Besides, the ethical obligation creates an internal process thathandles the reported cases that regard any wrong approach to theethical codes of the union (Treviño,2011).In the process, the union establishes a body to handle thedisturbances in addition to setting the standards upon which theorganization follows the ethics.

Whenthe unions follow the various programs stated above, the employeeswithin the union feel empowered and have the confidence to addressthe violations of the ethics. It is imperative to review the setethical codes since the labor movement eliminates all the“traditional codes” that are no longer relevant to the operationsof the union. The leaders of the unions are the most prominentmembers to ensure the ethics set have success. The collectivebargaining is a collective responsibility that all the people withinthe union have to follow. It is best that the leaders set the rightand appropriate example even when the odds are not in their favor. Toensure that the leaders follow the set standards, it is imperativethat the unions establish performance evaluations that will gauge theoverall performance of the leaders. Such initiatives and programs arebeneficial and most importantly pivotal in ensuring that the unionsand all their members uphold the integrity awarded from following theset ethics of the union. They develop new processes that keepeveryone on the watch to uphold high moral standards, keeping an eyeon any person tempted to break the code of ethics within the union.


Menzel,D. C. (2016).&nbspEthicsManagement for Public and Nonprofit Managers: Leading and BuildingOrganizations of Integrity.Routledge.

Treviño,L. K., &amp Nelson, K. A. (2011).&nbspManagingbusiness ethics: Straight talk about how to do it right.New York: John Wiley.