For decades, when companies learned their employees were considering unionizing, they followed a familiar playbook: do everything possible to fight and frustrate the unionization effort. Leaders often take a union drive personally, and see unions as a threat, failing to see the legitimacy of workers’ demands. But right now, with a tight labor market and rising worker organizing, companies should reconsider this approach, and opt for ones that lead to better outcomes for both workers and employers. An ugly anti-union effort can hurt morale, reputation, and increase turnover. Conversely, companies that take steps like voluntary recognition, partnering to create the best conditions for a fair campaign, and respecting workers’ decision can preserve a positive relationship with their employees.
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