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What are the signs of union organizing activity?

On Behalf of | Nov 24, 2021 | Employer Defense

One grave concern for many California employers is the possibility of union organizing activity within the company. As this can present a range of legal challenges, it is in your interests as an employer to be aware of the signs that could indicate that union organizing activity is taking place in your business. Certain signs could indicate that attempts to unionize are covertly taking place, and quick action on your part will be necessary.  

Union avoidance is possible through various steps. By maintaining fair working conditions, remaining in constant communication with upper management and watching for certain signs of union organizing activity, you can stop organizing activities. It is critical to address any evidence of this as quickly as possible, exercising your rights as an employer to prevent the forming of a union in your company. 

Look for these signs 

When attempting to organize, unions are proficient at keeping their efforts quiet. Because of the ability to call, text, email and use social media to communicate, employers are less likely to stumble on evidence of union activity. That is why it is especially important to be aware of the following signs of possible efforts at union organizing: 

  • While unlikely, there could be obvious signs, such as flyers in the workplace, workers wearing union shirts and more. 
  • You detect changes in the way employees approach their exit interviews, using negative or hostile language, or even citing poor working conditions as a reason for leaving. 
  • There are subtle or overt changes in employee communication with management or behavior patterns while at work. 
  • There is an increase in employee turnover, which could be a sign that union organizers are encouraging dissatisfaction. 
  • You detect changes in how employees interact or talk with each other, or you notice employees are on their phones more often while at work. 
  • There is an increase in new employee alliances or friendships, or you see changes in the daily routines of your employees. 

As an employer, there are certain things you can do to protect your interests and keep your workplace union-free. From defense of your labor practices to training on union avoidance, you may find it helpful to explore all of the options available to you regarding how you can protect your employer rights, company interests and the long-term stability of your business.