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September 11, 2008

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Michael Moore

Kris:

Many employees don't appreciate the fact that signing an union authorization card is entering into a contract authorizing a union to bargain with your employer on your behalf.

Important decisions like that shouldn't be made in rush or in the presence of someone who is pressuring you. Consumers are protected by laws that allow them to rescind contracts upon three days notice in circumstances where high pressure sales tactics have been used like, time shares, gym memberships, etc.

Once you sign a union authorization card, there is no getting it back...ever. That is why the secret ballot is so critical to the process.

Michael Haberman, SPHR

Kris, thanks for a great treatment of this. And Michael Moore, what a great statement, "Once you sign a union authorization card, there is no getting it back...ever. That is why the secret ballot is so critical to the process."

I hope that brings it home, that regardless of how well you run your company, through force of intimidation you could end up having to deal with a union, regardless of how the employees really felt or not.

Wally Bock

Great post, Kris. This act has flown under the radar, but the affects could be devastating, not least in the impact on the personal freedom of workers. There's something almost Orwellian in calling it a "Free Choice Act."

KD

MM and MH - thanks for the note and the work you have done in this area as well.

Wally - Spread the word!!

Thanks - KD

Chris Young

Kris - Great illustration on what the passing of this act would mean to the workplace!

I featured your post as one of my weekly Rainmaker 'Fab Five' blog picks from the past week as found here: http://www.maximizepossibility.com/employee_retention/2008/09/the-rainmaker-2.html

Be well!

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