Why do some employers manage to operate their company in a union-free environment, while others in the same industry and city have a unionized work force?
The reasons fit into seven categories, and it's important to review them regularly.
Reason: Union membership has remained stable despite record layoffs following Sept. 11 and a stagnant economy. In fact, unions added more members in 2001 than 2000 in elections conducted through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). And unions are becoming more successful in their campaigns each year. (See chart at right.)
1. Inadequate communication
Conduct regular, periodic meetings with employees on paid time to discuss all matters of interest to them. Cover basic issues affecting the company and its welfare.
Often when a union arrives on the scene trying to organize employees, the employer's first impulse is to gather workers and say, "Tell me your problems and...(register to read more)