How to respond when unions come a knockin’

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No union, no problem. Right? Not really. Even if your company isn't unionized now, you can't afford to be oblivious.

Just ask Amazon.com. In the thick of the holiday shopping crunch, three labor groups stepped up campaigns to organize its customer service and warehouse workers. That's why it's vital for your company to prepare for an organizing effort before it hits.

Labor on the rebound

Fewer than 10 percent of private sector employees belong to unions. That's a far cry from the 1950s, when unions claimed a third of the private work force. But labor is battling back. In 1999, unions had a banner year for membership increases, adding more than 260,000 members.

Unions are dramatically increasing organizing budgets and targeting industries, regions and even immigrants for membership.

Soon unions could have a new powerful weapon in their arsenal, your company's e-mail network. A case pending with the Nation...(register to read more)

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