As the corporate labor relations lawyer for a European car manufacturer, building a new facility in Middle Valley, Tennessee, you have been asked by corporate management to draft a position letter regarding the labor relations process at the new plant. Management would like you to address the prompts below.
- Should we attempt to avoid unionization as other foreign plants have in the area, though the company’s headquarters are in a European Union (EU) country with strict labor laws? If so, what should be our strategy now and in the future?
- What should be our strategies, tactics, goals, and process be in collective bargaining?
- Identify the different laws (i.e., United States versus EU) that might drive the labor relations process.
- Draft a one-page outline (in bullet point form) of both mandatory and discretionary benefits that the company should offer if the decision is to draft a contract for the new plant.