For the last several years, my advice to union-free clients has been consistent. Even in the face of quickie NLRB elections, employers have the upper hand. Unions in the private sector today are a pale shadow of what they once were. Labor unions can be kept out of your organization with only modest preventative measures. Most of you have a copy of and use my 25 point "ABCs of Staying Union Free". I further distilled these recommendations down to my "Top Ten Tips for Staying Union Free" and they form the basis for a seminar presentation earlier this year. Here they are:
In my introduction, I reprinted my commentary from 2005 on why private sector unions are in such a state of decline. Those factors are true today. Here is a list of the factors without my 2005 commentary:
(Fourth part of the series on the State of Labor Unions in America)
(Third part of the series on the State of Labor Unions in America)
(Second part of the series on the State of Labor Unions in America)
This will be the introduction to a five-part commentary on the changing face of labor unions in the U.S. It is clear that private sector unions are in a state of serious decline. I believe that some good background material is my 2005 commentary on the precipitous fall of private sector unions, which back eleven years ago had a market share of 7.9%. Today private sector unions represent 6.7% of the USA private sector workforce. That 2005 article was entitled "Are Unions Dead?" Here it is.