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Just When You Thought You Had Seen Everything

  • April 13, 2002

In a never ending quest to find a successful organizing formula, unions are enlisting politicians in an attempt to dissuade employers from campaigning against unions even before the unions reach out to employees. A number of recent organizing drives have illustrated the new strategy.

First, the employer receives a written communication from a local, state or federal politician urging the employer to recognize the needs of its employees and not engage in an "anti-union campaign." Second, the union distributes copies of the letter to all employees to show the politician is supporting the union and that the employer's communications campaign is anti-worker and perhaps illegal.

To counter this tactic, the best strategy is to take the initiative and build positive relationships with local, state, and federal officials before a union organizing campaign begins. Position your company as a valued and important member of the community so, if you are the target of this kind of campaign, you already will have a record of being a good corporate citizen.

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