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Will the TEAM Work for Employees and Managers: A Closer Look at the TEAM Act

Summary: Often referred to as employee involvement programs, organizational teamwork may appear in many forms, such as self-managed work teams, quality circles, and joint labor committees. Teamwork helps firms compete successfully in the global marketplace and affects the well being of employees. Introduced in 1993, the Teamwork for Employees and Managers (TEAM) Act has met considerable opposition and has yet to become law. The act was proposed to amend the National Labor Relations Act to permit cooperative labor and management efforts that encourage economic competitiveness. The controversy surrounding the TEAM Act concerns employee involvement programs in nonunion settings and the implementation of the act. One solution to the dilemma is another amendment that will ease labor's fears of the company-dominated union. Circumstances today are more favorable for passage because the recent economic slowdown has intensified the need for flexible use of teams and more open management/worker interaction to ensure survival in a competitive environment.

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  • Topics: Teams
  • Keywords: Federal government,Labor management partnerships,Labor relations,Employee involvement (EI),Teams,Teamwork,Regulations
  • Author: Chansler, Phil; Schraeder, Mike
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation