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Reach out to staff: Workers more receptive to union appeals

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in Employee Benefits Program,Employment Law,Human Resources

Now's the time to improve your employee relations. Reason: Labor unions see opportunity in the current anti-corporate mood, and they're hoping to ride this wave of public distrust to victories in organizing efforts.

Nearly 40 percent of workers have negative feelings toward corporations, the highest negative number in nine years of polling, says a new report by Peter D. Hart Research Associates.

Also, half of nonunionized workers say they would join a union if they could. That's compared with 43 percent who say they'd vote against a union, according to the Hart study, which was conducted for the AFL-CIO. In previous years, most non-unionized workers opposed union representation.

It's not just union-backed studies saying this. When the National Federation of Independent Business asked 1,000 voters "Who will do the most to protect your job?" small businesses and unions came out almost neck-and-neck: 35 percent said small business, 30 percent said labor unions, 9 percent said the federal government and 6 percent said big business.

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