One of the reasons that police decided to unionize is to seek better safety standards. Police officers realized that as a collective unit, they are able to push for better safety for themselves. Police also unionized in order to demand better pay and benefits. The unionization of the police arose out of the need to have a powerful collective political voice, to influence policy and elect leaders. The police unionized to have a better and more effective communication with their leaders through collective action. The fifth reason that led to the unionization of police was the need for dignity, in a union; police officers do not have to accept harassment. The sixth reason for police unionization is to improve the livelihood and working condition of all employees. The seventh reason for police unionization is to provide legal protection for police officers in lawsuits related to their line of work (Kearney & Mareschal, 2014).
In order to prevent job actions by employees, police leaders can take several actions. One of the action is providing better pay to the police officers. The second action that police leaders can take is providing better pay and benefits to the police officers. The third action that police leaders can take is motivating the police officers through charismatic leadership. The fourth action is providing better work tools and safety standards. The fifth action is implementing better communication channels between the leaders and the police (Kearney & Mareschal, 2014).
Kearney, & Mareschal. (2014). Labor relations in the public sector. crc Press.