Union has Applied to Certify


Execute plan to communicate your operation’s wish to remain union-free to the workforce.

General Approach

In some jurisdictions there are strict timelines between the date of the application and the date of the vote. It is your management team’s job to manage the working environment to legally communicate with employees who may wish to remain union-free.

By far the most taxing and stressful stage in the process is called smoke jumping because of the resemblance it bears to Canada’s fire fighting namesake.  A team of experts is “parachuted” into the heart of the operation to fight a union certification drive, after it has been submitted to the labour board for a vote.

Completely reactionary, this war of mistakes is a legal knife fight where any error opens the door for the opponent to win. Much higher stakes than the “Staying Union-free”.  Here the price for failure might be a remedial certification.  In some cases the employees may have voted against the union but a mistake by management in this phase will see them unionized.

Responsible, effective communication is the key.

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