Creating a Pro-active Labor Relations Environment - Part Sixteen in a Series: Consequences of Employee Frustration and Dissatisfaction

Left unresolved, employee frustration often leads to unionization. Employee discontent, including a perceived need for protection from the caprice of management and for a voice which can effectively advocate the employee’s point of view are the issues on which the union organizer focuses. However, when employees are convinced that management accords them a fair deal, these union appeals are both unnecessary and ineffective. Nothing frustrates and eliminates union organization efforts more effectively than employee contentment. In such situations the need for unions simply does not exist.

When employee frustration leads to union organization, a union organizing drive usually begins by employees signing union authorization cards. These cards may be given to employees directly or they may be attached to union literature. A union authorization card is a signed statement from an employee asserting that s/he wants the union to be her/ his collective bargaining agent. While some employees may believe these cards are only used for an election, authorization cards are typically actual union membership cards.

In addition to the ideas discussed above, creating a pro-active work environment should also include the components to be discussed in upcoming blogs as part of a comprehensive strategy.

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