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Many different industries have labor unions.

Unions work together to protect the workers in the


industry. Unions are not exclusive to the United States, either. There are unions for different industries
globally. I chose to look at two articles dealing with corporate social responsibility. Union membership
has been declining through the years which concerns some people that these workers are going
unprotected from potential dangers (Martocchio). One takes on the question of the influence unions
have on social responsibility in Korean firms and the other looks at how union workers respond to social
responsibility.

I had always assumed that labor unions were an American thing. I was not aware that other countries
also use them and that they were in both Asian and European countries. I found this article interesting
because it speaks about Korea which is a progressive Asian nation bringing their influence into the
mainstream in America with the popularity of Korean dramas and K-Pop. We all know that business in
the modern age has become more concerned with things like social responsibility and this is not
happening in just America. Around the world people are interested in doing what is good for the society
and planet. In Korea, the study that was done looked at the influence that unions have on Corporate
Social Responsibility and concluded “The empirical results suggest labor union existence and the labor
unionization rate have a negative relationship with CSR activity (Chun).” One reason that there is a
negative relationship could be because of financial implications. Without unions, there is more money to
go directly into the worker’s pockets (Chun). I found this article interesting because one of the main
arguments I have heard through the years for getting rid of unions was so that people could have more
money. I find it interesting that it affects corporate social responsibility as I assumed it would actually
increase it.

The second article I looked at also talked about social responsibility, but this time it was in American
unions. It specifically discussed how the workers’ membership faired in unions that took social
responsibility seriously. “Labor union social responsibility can enhance job satisfaction by improving
external aspects of job satisfaction and the labor relations climate in the workplace (Dawkins).”
Employees appreciate social responsibility and are likely to stay in membership with unions who
appreciate the same. It seems to go back to the thought that people have higher job satisfaction when
they are a member of something they believe in whether it be a corporation or a union. This study found
this truth, but it also found that these workers were more involved in the other aspects of decision
making within the union.

My company is not involved in a union, but we may do accounting and consulting work for union clients.
I know in the telecom industry there are unions working to keep people safe and most of our clients are
telecommunications companies. There are some areas that deal with union and we have something like
it that protects the telecommunications companies when dealing with the FCC. I found both of the
articles interesting because they both bring up parts of unions I had never considered. As stated above, I
had never realized that unions were outside of America and I find it interesting that they thrive in other
countries which may have different types of government. I also never considered how social
responsibility might affect membership and job satisfaction with unions.
Works Cited
Chun, Hong-Min and Sang Yi-Shin. "The Impact of Labor Union Influence on Corporate Social
Resonsibility." Sustainability 10 (2018): 1-17. Electronic.

Dawkins, Cedric E. "A Test of Labor Union Social Responsibility: Effects on Union Member Attachment."
Business and Society (2012): 1-32. Electronic.

Martocchio, Joseph J. Human Resource Management. 15th. New York City: Pearson, 2019. Electronic.