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Can I tell union organizers to hit the road?

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Q. If union organizers show up during the workday and demand to talk to my employees, can I tell them to get off company premises? — M.T., Missouri

A. You certainly don’t have to stop everything and gather the employees to hear a union pitch. You also have the right to limit access to your premises, depending on your policies. But the larger question underlying your very specific one is how to handle a union organization drive altogether.

Becoming blatantly anti-union can backfire and lead to unfair labor charges. A much better approach is to immediately contact an attorney who specializes in union organizing matters. He or she can best create a comprehensive response plan that avoids needless unfair labor charges.

Online resource: For a list of 25 do's and don'ts, access our free white paper, Fighting a Union Campaign: What Employers Can and Can't Do, at


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