Super TV Channel 6 operates in a major Midwestern city and is on the air 24 hours a day. Labor-management relations there have been relatively
good over the years. There are three unions: one for engineers one for announcers and newspeople and still another for stagehands and projectionists. As
might be expected the serious concerns of one union usually have no impact whatsoever on the other unions. One Wednesday night a group of the engineers
became very unhappy and called the station manager of Super Channel 6 to say they would be going out on a 24-hour work stoppage that would last from 3:00 p.m.
Thursday until 3:00 p.m. Friday. It was not necessary to tell the boss their gripe; he already knew. Sure enough at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday the engineers
walked off the job. The leadership of the union never gave its blessing to this group of engineers walking out and in fact urged them to reconsider. When the
strike was over and the engineers came back to work at 3:00 p.m. on Friday the manager said that he would not need them until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
1. When the engineers came back to work at 3:00 p.m. on Friday which management tactic did the company employ? What message did management
send through this tactic?
2. Other than the union tactic chosen describe the other options that were available to the union.