Hr challenge: national labor relations act analysis


Not all human resource specialists will have to navigate situations with unions and management, but all human resource professionals need to think legally. By studying a seminal case between management and the union, National Labor Relations Board v. General Motors Corp., 1963, you will gain background knowledge about the agency model of union membership and what the court defines as unfair labor practices.

The habit of mind that you develop by studying and analyzing this case will serve you as you think about the legal ramifications of negotiations with employees and management on a wide range of issues.


Your company is reviewing its approach to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Your human resources team has been tasked with giving a presentation about the history of the NLRA that is appropriate for leaders as well as other human resource specialists in order to prepare them for ongoing discussions about the issues presented by NLRA for your company.

Your Challenge

You are a human resource specialist who has been tasked to present the key points from this case to various small groups of company leaders and other human resource specialists so that they have the background to discuss how the NLRA could impact your business.


Based on key guidelines from the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), analyze National Labor Relations Board v. General Motors Corp., 1963. Prepare a 4–6-slide PowerPoint presentation explaining and analyzing key elements of the case.

  1. Read the National Labor Relations Board v. General Motors Corp., 1963 case, noting the bulleted elements below.
  2. Review the IRAC strategy for analyzing cases and apply those steps in your study of this case.
  3. Prepare 4–6 PowerPoint slides that address the following:
  • Introduction. 
    • Summary of the events leading up to the case.
  • Analyze General Motors’s position in the case. 
    • What was their position about ______? What was their rationale for their position?
  • Analyze the union’s position in the case. 
    • What was their position about ______? What was their rationale for their position?
  • Analyze the role of the court in the case. 
    • What is the effect of the court’s decision on all organizations and unions?
  • Analyze the relationship of the case with the NLRA. 
    • Consider case assertions, evidence, and findings.
  • Evaluate the historical impact of this case on the union/management power struggle. 
    • What was the relationship before the case? Who was considered the winner in this case? How did the case affect future challenges?
  • Assess how this case changed the relationship between management and all employees at GM, and in unionized organizations in general.
  1. To support your assertions, cite specific examples from the case and from your other assigned readings.
  2. Record your presentation using Kaltura. The presentation should not exceed 6 minutes. Or another option is to write out the script of your presentation in the presentation notes section of each PowerPoint slide.
  3. Review the HR Challenge: National Labor Relations Act Analysis Scoring Guide before submitting this assignment to ensure that you have thoroughly addressed the grading expectations of this assignment.

Submission Requirements

The deliverable for this assignment applies professional skills in Human Resources Management (HRM) to workplace situations that you will likely encounter in your day-to-day work in HRM. As part of your learning, we focus on the development of effective professional communication skills for the workplace.

  • Prepare a 4–6 slide PowerPoint presentation explaining and analyzing key elements of the case.
  • Use short phrases that are clear, comprehensible, and free of jargon for each bullet point.
  • Include no more than three bullet points per slide if possible. Include APA-formatted in-text citations where appropriate
  • Ensure your presentation is relevant to and easily understood by everyone in the audience. Remember, you will be speaking to people of all levels in the company.
  • If you include a voice-over in lieu of presenter’s notes, your recording should be no longer than six minutes.
  • Your written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Include an APA-formatted references slide at the end of the presentation, this is an additional slide at the end of the presentation, Slide 7.

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