This E-blast serves to provide a playbook for what to do when the Company is faced with union organization efforts and a general strike or work stoppage.
It has come to our attention that a general strike was requested this week in support of the “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) movement. This walkout was labeled as a “Strike for Black Lives.” The walkout is allegedly supported by over 150 labor organizations and activist groups, including the United Farm Workers (UFW).
While the goals of this walkout are multifaceted, i.e., “higher wages; better jobs and unions for all; overwriting the rules and reimagination of our economy; having corporations take immediate action to dismantle racism, white supremacy, and economical exploitation wherever it exists, including in our workplaces; and every worker having the opportunity to form a union, no matter where they work,” Companies are reminded that Union’s only “pretend” to care for your workers and don’t have their best interests in mind.
When faced with a walkout or work stoppage, Companies should refer to the SLG “Work Stoppages” cheatsheet. A printable cheatsheet in English and Spanish for use by the Company is available here. It provides you and your supervisors a quick reference on keeping your cool and making good decisions if these organizations roll up on your crews. Train your supervisors on this topic. Getting ahead of these situations and having clarity in your communications with workers will absolutely win the day.
COUNSEL TO MANAGEMENT:
Unions continue to attempt to flex their muscles during the COVID-19 pandemic and are using the Black Lives Matter movement as a way to get in the door with employees. Companies are encouraged to measure market rates, communicate with your workers, and keep them safe. It is critical to follow the guidelines provided in the SLG “Work Stoppages” cheatsheet and be a champion for your employees.
As always, The Saqui Law Group, a division of Dowling Aaron Incorporated, is here to assist. Please contact if you have questions about union activity impacting your operation.