What is “union avoidance”?

Union Avoidance

What does the term “union avoidance” mean? Honestly, the term is nothing more than some slick branding cooked up by anti-union consultants as an alternative to the much more appropriate term “union-buster.” UnionProof, a union-busting website, even published a post entitled “Union Busting: Why We Need to Stop Using the Term.” The author basically begs his fellow union-busters to start using the term “union avoidance” instead of “union-busting” because “union avoidance” tests better.

Union-busting… er… “union avoidance” is any attempt by an employer or their highly paid consultants to deny or limit employees their Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act, which guarantees the right to unionize.

What are Section 7 rights?

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act guarantees employees “the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.”

Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act makes it an unfair labor practice for an employer “to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in Section 7” of the Act.

Back to “union avoidance”

Union-busters… shoot! I did it again… “union avoidance consultants” bend and break the law to prevent workers from exercising their freedom to join together.

Common “union avoidance” tactics include hiring a firm that specializes in union-busting, forced meetings, intimidation, and delays. You can read more about common union-busting tactics here.

Bottom line: “union avoidance” is like putting lipstick on a pig. “Union-busting” is the better and more appropriate term.