The purpose of "On The Labor Front" is to be a resource to employers who wish to remain union free by putting the latest union activity-news, in the public domain, at your finger tips on a daily basis. Our featured sponsor is Georgia Employers' Association.
Using a combination of Power Point / video and years of experience, your supervisors will learn:
Facts & common misunderstandings concerning unions.
Employer mistakes that cause employees to turn to a union.
Basic steps in union prevention.
The actual mechanics of a union campaign.
Management’s role in union avoidance.
Do’s & Don’t’s relating to unions and union activity.
Test your knowledge.
We have developed a great amount of research on labor unions that we can make available at a moments notice.
I started my Human Resource career with JP Steven & Co in the early 70’s and soon found myself in the middle of one of the largest union organizing battles in the Southeast. I was on the front line during a time when the union, by order of the court, was allowed on company property to make captive audience speeches to Steven’s employees during the campaign. Yet, employees at this JP Stevens plant said NO to the union.
After five years of the most rigorous, hands on union avoidance training one could experience, I joined the HR staff at Clark Equipment Company’s new transmission plant in Rockingham, NC. Clark Equipment had a long history of living with unions in Michigan but a strong desire to keep its new Rockingham Plant union free. The Steelworkers Union had a different idea and soon began a union organizing drive at the plant. For the next two years I was the chief company spokesperson and campaign manager for Clark’s effort to keep the union out of its new plant. The union was defeated by a vote of 355 to 249.
In 1978 I joined the staff of Capital Associated Industries as a staff Associate and for the next 10 years assisted member companies in staying union free.
In 1988 I accepted a position with Piedmont Associated Industries as Vice President of Training.
In August 1990 I retuned to private industry as Vice President of Human Resource for Kao Specialties Americas LLC a subsidiary of Kao Corporation, a major International Chemical company based in Tokyo Japan.
On February 15th of 2005 I retired from KSA and started my consulting practice. Having spent many years behind the HR desk, I know the importance of being aware of what’s going on in the labor movement as well as what’s happening at the National Labor Relations Board. I also know that you have a limited amount of time to do research to stay in the know. That’s why I started “On The Labor Front” to give readers a opportunity to be brought up to speed in just a few short minutes as to what’s happening across the country in the labor movement.
I have spent a lot of years developing my training program “Staying Union Free It’s Up To You” and it has received excellent reviews from CEO’s to managers and supervisors who have attended. Comments like: “Outstanding presentation, I have had union avoidance training, but there is nothing like hearing from someone who’s been on the firing line”. “His years of experience and war stories kept my interest throughout the entire seminar!”
A final thought: The best fight is the one you never have! The way not to have it is to prepare now.
I have worked with Bob Morton for many years. He is knowledgeable, efficient and effective in his consulting role. More than that, Bob has a feel for human relations issues that one can only acquire through his diverse personal experiences. You can trust Bob with the issues that face your company and feel comfortable that his advice will be sound. I heartily recommend Bob to my clients and to you.
L. Gray Geddie
L. Gray Geddie, Jr. | Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
P.O. Box 2757 | Greenville, SC 29602 | Telephone: 864-240-8226 | 21 | Fax: 404-870-1732
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ogletreedeakins.com
I have known and worked with Bob for over 35 years doing campaigns and preventive work. He is one of the most knowledgable labor relations professionals I know. His newsletter is a special blessing because it is all of the research that I would do if I had to or that I would pay someone else to do for me and it is right at my fingertips 24/7. For those of us in the labor relations field, it is a true pearl and my thanks to Bob as he labors to provide it to us every week.
Paul Sommerville, Beaufort, SC