In today’s challenging economic times, there is an increasing awareness that employees, unions, and employers all stand to benefit from working in partnership. Through labor management partnerships, historically adversarial workplace relationships may be transformed into collaborative relationships. Labor management partnerships have the potential to improve business operations, enhance worker satisfaction, and strengthen union legitimacy. Ultimately, the labor management partnership strategy takes into account the fact that all parties – employees, unions, and employers alike – have an interest at stake in determining whether a business succeeds or fails.
The research literature is replete with evidence that employees, employers, and unions all stand to reap substantial benefits from participating in labor management partnerships. This brief literature review highlights the outcomes of labor management partnership in the context of the healthcare industry. This longer literature review outlines the benefits associated with labor management partnership across several different industries.