As unemployment rises and companies face new COVID-19 health and safety challenges, many unions are exploring new ways to encourage employees to organize.
In this climate of union organizing, it can be important to keep open communications with your workforce. Often, the best way to avoid a union organizing campaign is to listen to employee concerns as they arise and keep a watchful eye on signs that employees might be considering organizing, providing you an opportunity to get out in front of the issues at hand. Proactively addressing COVID-19 safety concerns—for example, by circulating a COVID-19 health and safety plan—can emphasize to employees that the company prioritizes safety. Employees who feel heard and valued are less likely to think that they need a union as an advocate, regardless of whether they get everything they ask for. That said, should employees organize, it's important for employers to keep certain rules of the road in mind.