What should an employer do in response to a union campaign?

Author: Jessica Sussman

In response to a union campaign, an employer should put employees on notice that the company is opposed to unionization and that it is prepared to use all lawful means to remain union-free. An employer should also remind employees of the competitive pay and benefits they currently receive, and the employer's policy of treating all employees with respect. The employer's open door policy should be redistributed and reviewed. An employer may also provide employees with information on the disadvantages of being represented by a union, including union dues and having the employees' terms of employment decided through union negotiations rather than in direct talks with management. A supervisor is an employer's best line of defense against a union. For this reason, the employer should reiterate its position regarding unions to supervisors and review acceptable practices for interacting with employees during potential union organizing efforts.