If you have read any of my other articles, you know that I'm all about delivering strategies that will help lead, manage or grow your organization. Periodically, I like to invite guests to share their expertise in areas that will further enhance your ability as a business owner to stay ahead of opportunities or issues.
I would like to introduce Erick Becker, a labor law attorney for Cummins & White, LLP. Erick is an expert on union activity and working with businesses facing union organization.
While the union movement has suffered setbacks nationally in recent years, organizing efforts in California have maintained a strong pace, with unions winning seventy percent of NLRB conducted elections. Going through a union election is highly disruptive and costly, but even more so when the company loses and must endure the costs of negotiating a union contract, possible work stoppages, and legal wrangling.
The best way to avoid the damage effects of a union organizing drive is to remain vigilant for signs that may indicate vulnerability to union organizing, or actual union activity in the work place. If you can spot these early warning signs and take appropriate action before a significant number of signatures from employees are obtained by the union, your business stands a much greater chance of avoiding a union election and maintaining your union free status.
Once any of these warning signs are identified, it is critically important to be proactive by training your supervisors so they can communicate on the union topic without violating the law, and educating your employees about unions and the organizing process. Equally important, you must surface and address the underlying issues that are driving the organizing effort. If you delay, a golden opportunity to avoid a costly and divisive union election will be missed, and your company may wind up with a unionized workforce.
About the Author:
Erick Becker leads the employment and labor law practice at Cummins & White, LLP in Orange County. He has extensive experience assisting employers facing union organizing and representing companies in union negotiations and NLRB proceedings. He also advises employers on all aspects of employment and human resources, including employment litigation.
You can reach Erick at www.cumminsandwhite.com/erick-becker/ or directly at 949-852-1800.
About the Author
Steve provides leadership, management and marketing coaching to business owners, executives and entrepreneurs worldwide. Considered the Catalyst for Change by the California Business Journal, Steve has coached over 400 business professionals to date.