Speaking with employees about disbanding from union

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Speaking with employees about disbanding from union

Can a supervisor tell employees that they do
not need their union anymore and influance them
to disband from the union during negotiations
or a contract?

Asked on June 5, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

A supervisor can express the opinion that the union is not needed; employers are as free to discuss or advocate against unions are unions are free to advocate for unions or against the employer. What they can't do is take concrete actions against union employees: cut hours or shifts, transfer to less desirable locations or shifts, suspend, etc. So long as this is just talk, they are free to talk and the employees are free to ignore it; if they trty to take action, contact the state or national labor relations board(s).


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