Friday, February 13, 2009


There is a movement right now in Washington to allow your employees to create a union without you even knowing it. Under current rules, if employees want to unionize they are required to tell you, and after both sides present their cases the employees have a secret ballot.

Under the proposed rules, the union organizers can talk to your employees without you knowing it. If enough employees sign the card, bingo, they are unionized. There is no secret ballot. The concern is that employees can be pressured into signing.

I am a board member of the State Chamber of Commerce. At a recent meeting a presentation was made by a representative with ties to Washington. The presentation stated that, if passed, the unions are planning to target hospitals, restaurants and the service industries. That means us.

Here is a link to an article from the Professional Beauty Association that sums this up. I advise you to read.