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Erin FryeBUSI 342-D01DB Forum 4May 9, 2016Topic:You are the Human Resources manager for large distribution site. Your recent employeeopinion survey indicated that overall, employees felt that this was a good place to work.However, recent downturns in the economy have resulted in the loss of large contracts, whichprovided a significant portion of the company’s revenue. One of the impacts from this loss inrevenue is that the company will be unable to provide annual COLA or merit increases for thefirst time in more than 15 years. You have heard rumors from employees close to you that thereis talk about efforts to unionize. What guidelines will you develop for supervisors to successfullyrespond to employee questions about unionization? What can your supervisors say or do that islegally permissible in this situation?Employers are permitted to engage in activities that will not interfere with an employee’s abilityto make a free choice in when it comes to efforts to unionize.While an employer cannot legallyinterfere with an employee’s free choice, there are some guidelines that the employer can followwhen responding to an employee questions about unionization.Companies can develop good employment practices, encourage greater employee feedback, offerbetter compensation, and build good rapport with workers to make unions unnecessary inemployees' eyes.Footnote In addition, companies can be careful about how they handle unionswhen they approach workers to organize the company. The TIPS acronym provides some soundguidelines about how not to deal with organizing attempts:FootnoteThreaten: Do not bully employees because they talk to union officials.Interrogate: Never pry into and aggressively ask about union–employee discussions.Promise: Never provide incentives to employees in an effort to dissuade them from organizing.Spy: Do not secretly listen to employees' interactions with union representatives.Tell employees that the supervisors and the company are opposed to unionization.Tell employees that the employees do not have to sign union cards and that the law says that theyhave the absolute right to refrain from joining a union.Tell employees that they do not have to speak to union organizers or to admit organizers intotheir homes.
Tell employees about the benefits that they enjoy, and compare those benefits with those inunionized companies.

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Human Resource Management, Trade union, supervisor, National Labor Relations Act

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