Under the National Labor Relations Act (and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution), employers are legally allowed present their views and opinions on the process of unionization to employees.
However, that fact has never sat well with unions who would rather keep the debate over unionization one-sided.
This is why unions fear employers having the right to speak to employees: When employees are presented with the facts of unionization, all-too-often, unions lose the support they have spent time and money cultivating.
When that occurs, sometimes this happens:
Adjunct organizers at Loyola Marymount University have withdrawn their petition for a union election from the National Labor Relations Board, delaying their union bid for at least another six months. Voting was to have started last month but was delayed once already, after organizers filed an unfair labor practice claim alleging that Loyola Marymount administrators were interfering in the process. As evidence, they cited a series of information meetings on unions hosted by their individual colleges (an email invitation to one was obtained by Inside Higher Ed). Emily Hallock, an adjunct professor of political science at Loyola Marymount and an organizer who attended one of the meetings, said the tone was intimidating and not conducive to “free and fair” elections, as mandated by the National Labor Relations Act. [Emphasis added.]
Of course, most unions (including the SEIU) would rather unionize people without them voting at all–which is why they spent tens of millions of dollars supporting card-check legislation.
Read the rest at Inside Higher Ed.