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Unit 3 Lesson 8 McQuarrie, Chapter 5 (pp. 124–147 only): “The Organizing Campaign” McQuarrie, Chapter 6: “Establishing Union Recognition Article Phillips-Fein, K. (1998). A more perfect union buster. Mother Jones . ; Video What are the key steps in an organizing campaign? A successful organizing campaign results in a legally recognized level of support for the union that allows it to request recognition as a bargaining agent for the employees. Bargaining agent – the union is legally recognized as the sole representative of employees in that particular workplace. The union acts on behalf of the employees in bargaining conditions and terms of work with the employer, and in administering the collective agreement that results from the bargaining. Organizing campaign can be initiated either by a union or by the employees. If the employees initiate the campaign, they must decide whether to start their own union or contact an established union with the intention of joining that union. Most employees decide to contact an established union because of the organizing experience and campaign resources that union can offer.
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1. Information meeting is held after hours and at a neutral location to avoid alerting employer and to avoid suggestion that union is interfering with the workplace’s normal operations. Identities of the employees interested in unionization are kept secret from the employer and from non sympathetic to the idea of union employees. The secrecy serves 2 purposes: it attempts to prevent the employer from finding out that employees are taking actions to form a union and excluding employees who are perceived to be unsympathetic to the union reduces the possibility that this employee will act as a mole and leak campaign plans to the employer. 2. Organizing committee – several employees and experienced organizer from the union. Organizing committee tends to consist of employees rather than professional organizer because the employees are generally considered more credible than outsiders in discussions about workplace issues. Employees will have better knowledge of specific workplace issues because of their first hand experience.
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Concern throughout the organizing campaign – possibility of unfair labour practices – any actions by the employer or the union that make potential union members act differently than they would have otherwise.
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