With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to dominate headlines and potential surges expected this fall and winter, safety issues are at the forefront of many employees’ minds. These issues encompass an array of subjects, including social distancing, hand-washing protocols, time off to care for ill family members or school-age children who are distance learning, layoffs/job security, continuation of health care benefits for furloughed employees, etc. Each of these issues presents a potential wedge that a union can attempt to drive between a nonunion employer and its employees. This danger is further exacerbated by the fact that most regional offices of the National Labor Relations Board are continuing to conduct elections by mail ballot, which generally tends to favor the union side.
So, what can a nonunion employer do to mitigate this risk? First and foremost, employers should understand that media coverage shapes the perception of employees concerning the state of the pandemic and the protocols that are effective in combating it. Continue Reading