Gb 541: employment law – unit 5 applied project: union avoidance

You are a Human Resources manager at your organization (or one you choose). At the current time, none 

of your employees belongs to a union. However, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a national 

union, is attempting to organize your employees. The senior management of your company appears to be 

adamantly opposed to the presence of a union at your company and wants to do everything possible to 

defeat this union drive, including, if necessary: 

 

• Speaking to individual workers, to let them know what management regards as the dangers of 

unionization, including economic harm to the company and possible layoffs. 

• Assembling all workers, in large groups, to speak against unionization, and asking all workers to 

declare publicly whether they intend to vote for or against the union. 

• Making pay changes, both up and down, to certain workers to prove that employees are better off 

without a union, and may suffer if they play too active a role in organizing. 

• Immediately laying off all desk clerks and subcontracting the work to a part-time labor force. 

• Other strategies suggested by your research as well. 

Based on these facts, you are to prepare a union avoidance program for the company’s senior 

management team.