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Staying informed on the status of and trends in labor relations and labor law is crucial to staying union-free and requires taking advantage of labor relations resources. There is so much going on right now, especially concerning labor unions. The signs are there that employees are more willing to consider joining a union for many reasons. The main impetus recently is the pandemic which has made many workers feel vulnerable to health and safety risks, job loss, and a general feeling of lack of control over working conditions.
Staying on top of labor relations and unionization trends is essential in staying union-free. It's vital to know labor union strategies, employee workplace concerns across industries, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions in Unfair Labor Practice cases, and trends in labor relations and Human Resources management, to name just a few areas of critical importance.
Following are ten labor relations resources that can help you stay on top of current trends and events. They are packed with information about legal issues, current union activity, NLRB decisions, leadership issues, and so much more. We chose these specific labor relations resources because they offer so much information and offer different perspectives.
You can only stay union-free by understanding both sides of employee perspectives and arguments for-and-against unionization and current union organizing strategies.
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The National Labor Relations Board is an important information site for information on the content of the National Labor Relations Act, cases and decisions, recent Unfair Labor Practice charges, and union organizing petition filings. It also gives access to NLRB advice and NLRB General Counsel (GC) memos providing policy guidance. The GC memos are very useful for getting insights into the direction the NLRB is taking, and it's clearly pro-union right now.
The Department of Labor also maintains a blog, and interestingly you can do a search on the keywords "labor unions" and get access to several blogs supporting labor unions. These blogs give you insights into the perspective of pro-union federal government leaders and others.
Labor relations have never been more challenging than it is today. There are changing demographics, a pro-union federal government and numerous pro-union states, internet access enabling people across geographies to connect, and increased union activity embracing new ways to increase members, like through micro-unions.
As you read the various resource, there are common terms used. They include but aren't limited to the following. These terms and much more are discussed in various blog posts and websites, where there is access to additional tools and resources.
Getting comfortable with these terms is important to comprehend the impact of labor relations news on your company.
There is a lot of information available online that is geared towards helping your company stay union-free. Our mission is to bring labor relations resources under one umbrella, making it easy for you to stay up-to-date on labor relations news and strategies. The real message is that you are not alone in your efforts to stay union-free. You are encouraged to take advantage of all of the resources we offer, provided by experts in the labor relations field and the many other labor relations resources we shared above!
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Walter is IRI's Director of Digital Solutions and founder of UnionProof & A Better Leader. As the creator of Union Proof Certification, Walter provides expert advice, highly effective employee communication resources and ongoing learning opportunities for Human Resources and Labor Relations professionals.