9 Things You Must Communicate To Employees To Stay Union Free

Your company could be in the middle of a positive, productive groove, or it could be in the middle of a divisive labor campaign – either way, if your workplace is union-free, there’s no better time than now to inoculate your employees against a union advance. We feel there are several important things to communicate to employees to stay union-free.

What To Communicate To Employees About Unions

How can you keep your employees safe from an organizer’s pitch? It starts with communication, by educating your workforce about unions and the impact a union can have on a workplace.

What should you communicate? Here are the top nine things we feel you should communicate to employees to stay union-free.

  1. The good news about their company: Keeping employees happy can be as simple as reminding them of why they chose to work at your company, to begin with. Keeping your corporate points of pride top of mind – including what makes your culture special, your company’s mission and values, and any unique benefits and perks that your employees enjoy – will keep your team focused on the positive!
  2. Their right to remain union-free: Unions are quick to tell employees that they have a right to join a union – but it may be up to you to inform them that they also have a right NOT to join a union. Educate your employees about their rights, including their rights during an organizing campaign.
  3. The value of their own voice: Right now at your company, your employees likely have a lot of ways to communicate with management – and they likely never had to pay anyone in order to be heard. Reinforcing this fact, as well as reminding them of the many ways they can currently communicate with leadership will underline the fact that they have a voice, and that they’re encouraged to use it.
    How To Talk To Employees About Unions
  4. Unions may need them more than they need a union: Unions have been losing members for decades. Fewer members mean less money for the unions, and they may be looking to your employees to make up for what they’ve lost.
  5. The need to protect their signature: A union authorization card is a legal document, and by signing a card, they could be designating the union as their legal representative. Their signatures have value to a union, and they should be wary of just giving their signatures away.
  6. Union organizing tactics, and the ways they can manipulate employees: Whether it’s pressuring them to sign cards, or simply encouraging a negative view of the workplace, employees need to know how an organizer might push their buttons in order to get what they want.
  7. The risks of collective bargaining: Union promises are not guarantees, and contract negotiations can be risky. Educate your employees about the collective bargaining process. Employees could end up with more, they could end up with the same, or they could end up with less after bargaining than they had before.
  8. The cultural cost of union membership: A union presence can negatively impact working relationships, between employees and management as well as between employees, and can create a detrimental “Us versus Them” environment.
  9. The financial cost of union membership: Union membership is not free, and members are expected to pay monthly dues, plus any fines, fees, and assessments that may come along the way. Challenge your employees to consider whether or not union services are worth the price its members pay, and whether that money might be better spent in other ways. 

Custom Websites Communicate With Employees About Unions

Keep Your Team Union-Free with Custom Website

If your workplace is currently union-free and you wish to keep it that way, you must educate and inform your employees – and one of the best ways to do that is with a custom UnionFree.com website, from Union Proof!

Why a website? Just ask any union. Today’s unions depend on the internet to help orchestrate their campaigns, using campaign-targeted websites, social media, and virtual meet-ups to recruit new members.  With a web presence of your own, your company can educate your employees before a union campaign begins, and if it does, having your own employee relations website will give you the platform you’ll need to counter union claims.

UnionFree.com websites effectively communicate all nine of the points mentioned above, presenting the facts is persuasive, and sometimes interactive, ways. Every site features compelling images and in-depth labor discussions, but your site may also include a range of other offerings, including Q&A with employees as well as dues, strike, and investment calculators that will drive home the need to say no to a union.

UnionFree.com sites are custom-produced and designed to reflect your brand. They’re responsive, updatable and they may be password-protected to keep your communications private.

Keep your workplace union-free – contact Union Proof today to get started!

About the Author Walter Orechwa

Walter is IRI's Director of Digital Solutions and the 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.

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