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Consider letting employees unionize

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by Elizabeth S. Dougherty, Esq., Ogletree Deakins

It’s no secret that unions have lost a great deal of influence in the past decade. But now that income in­­equal­­ity is in the news, some employees are looking to unions as a way to regain some leverage with their em­­ployers—especially those they perceive as unfairly cutting wages or holding back on raises and hiring despite making profits.

So what’s an employer to do when it becomes clear employees want to vote on a union? If it seems inevitable that employees will vote for union representation, you have two choices.

The first is to continue to oppose the efforts to unionize and make the employees go through the motions to set up an election. That could cost lower productivity and possibly long-term resentment from employees.

The second choice is to accept the inevitable and let the employees have their way by recognizing the union without a formal election.

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