Today (April 30) is the day the NLRB’s quickie election rules go into effect. With the new NLRB decisions on what constitutes an appropriate voting unit favoring unions, the employer that is unprepared to respond immediately to an attempt to unionize their workforce will be greatly disadvantaged under these new rules, as the timeframe for educating your employees about the disadvantages of selecting a union is now going to be greatly curtailed once an election petition is filed.
“What to do?”
Get your supervisors and management team up to speed on recognizing and responding to union activity in your factories, offices, and other facilities NOW before it is too late. You also need to conduct supervisor training on what managerial behavior attracts union activity, so your management team can avoid such conduct.
If you wait until you receive a petition calling for a union election in the mail to implement any union avoidance or organizing efforts recognition training, you will have handcuffed yourself in remedying the often easily correctible irritants that may cause your employees to turn to a union in the first place. You also will be playing catch-up in trying to derail the momentum the union has built up while you were sleeping.
We have union avoidance and organizing efforts recognition training readily available for all sizes and types of organizations. Please feel free to contact Bill Trumpeter, or any member of our Labor Relations Practice Group, if you would like further information about this training or any Labor and Employment law matter.