Remain Union-Free

Key Points

  • An employer may engage in several employee relations practices to prevent a union from gaining support among its employees. First and most important, an employer should clearly present its view on unionization by way of a union avoidance position statement.
  • Employees should feel a sense of fairness and consistency from their employer. One way to accomplish this is to use employee handbooks and policies to forge a sense of trust and certainly in the employees' future with the organization. These policies will provide employees with notice of their rights as well as provide employers with a forum to communicate its position on important issues such as discipline, solicitation/distribution on employer property, and use of email and social media.
  • Other best practices to strengthen employer-employee ties include having an open door policy with management, regular recognition of employee accomplishments and establishment of peer review boards for suspensions and terminations.

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