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EFCA - Strengthening Employee Relations

  1. 1. EFCA: Just One More Reason for… Strengthening Employee Relations STEPHEN PASKOFF, ESQ. President, ELI ® CONSTANCE WALTERS, ESQ. General Counsel, ELI ® * This webcast does not have teleconferencing. Audio will be broadcast through your speakers. If you cannot hear the audio, please check your speakers.
  2. 2. Webcast Overview <ul><li>ELI’s behavioral approach </li></ul><ul><li>The employee’s point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of unions on today’s workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of Employee Free Choice Act </li></ul><ul><li>ELI’s solution: Strengthening Employee Relations </li></ul>
  3. 3. ELI’s Behavioral Approach <ul><li>Business success depends on the behavior of leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>Leader behavior increases employee satisfaction, which ultimately impacts the business mission. </li></ul><ul><li>Leader behavior decreases the risks associated with employee dissatisfaction, including legal risks. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Critical Leadership Behaviors <ul><li>Understand their role </li></ul><ul><li>Act as a role model prior to claims arising </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome and listen to concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with employees </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to explain legitimate, business-related criteria for decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid behavior that leads to perception of unfair treatment </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Employee Point of View <ul><li>Mistrust of management </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling that they can’t raise concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling that concerns that are raised aren’t heard or aren’t addressed </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of clearly defined rules </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Desire for increased wages and benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Desire for increased job security </li></ul>
  6. 6. Impact of Unionization <ul><li>Decreased efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Third-party review of business decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in managerial autonomy and authority </li></ul><ul><li>Less ability to work with employees on an individual basis </li></ul><ul><li>Polarization between management and non-management </li></ul><ul><li>Increased operating costs </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased loyalty to company </li></ul>
  7. 7. EFCA Overview <ul><li>Changes how unions are certified </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory binding arbitration to settle negotiation disputes </li></ul><ul><li>Increased penalties and fines </li></ul>
  8. 8. Current Certification Process <ul><li>Union collects signatures from 30% of employees on authorization cards </li></ul><ul><li>Union petitions for an election </li></ul><ul><li>Campaign period where union and employer can present information to employees and answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>Secret-ballot election monitored by NLRB </li></ul><ul><li>Union certified if more than 50% vote “yes” to union </li></ul>
  9. 9. New Certification Process Under EFCA <ul><li>Union collects cards signed by 50% plus 1 of the bargaining unit employees </li></ul><ul><li>Union is certified </li></ul><ul><li>No prior notice to employer necessary </li></ul><ul><li>No open campaign period </li></ul><ul><li>No secret-ballot election </li></ul>
  10. 10. New Negotiation Process Under EFCA <ul><li>Negotiations must begin 10 days after certification </li></ul><ul><li>Mediation can be requested by either party only 90 days after negotiations begin </li></ul><ul><li>If mediator cannot resolve after 30 days, all disputes must go to arbitration panel </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions by panel are binding for 2 years </li></ul>
  11. 11. Increased Penalties Under EFCA <ul><li>Fines of up to $20,000 for certain unfair labor practices </li></ul><ul><li>Triple back pay damages for employees discharged in retaliation for an employee’s organizing activities </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Bottom Line <ul><li>EFCA increases risks </li></ul><ul><li>Managers need behavioral skills and baseline knowledge as to why these skills matter </li></ul><ul><li>Start educating managers NOW </li></ul>
  13. 13. Critical Foundation for Managers <ul><li>Understand their role as leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Act as a role model prior to problems arising </li></ul><ul><li>Understand what to do when problems happen </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate key legal liabilities </li></ul>
  14. 15. Strengthening Employee Relations Topics <ul><li>Understanding how a union will change operations </li></ul><ul><li>What causes unionization </li></ul><ul><li>Practical advice for day-to-day leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Basics of EFCA and increased risks </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizing signs of organizing </li></ul><ul><li>A manager’s responsibilities as a leader </li></ul><ul><li>Management’s responsibility to act </li></ul><ul><li>What managers can and can’t say and do </li></ul>
  15. 17. QUESTIONS? <ul><li>Type in your questions using the “Chat” feature. </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Contact your Regional Director </li></ul><ul><li>Call (770) 319-7999 or (800) 497-7654 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>This webcast will be available on www.eliinc.com </li></ul>Contact ELI ®