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McClurkin Discusses Navigating Labor Movement, Improving Employee Relations in Bloomberg Law Column

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02.17.2023

Stinson LLP attorney Stacey McClurkin Macklin authored a Bloomberg Law column, "How Employers Can Balance Labor's Surge with NLRB's Restrictions." It details how employers in this more active labor climate should assess their organization's vulnerability to unionization efforts, and how management teams can develop positive direct relationships with employees.

Increased interest in labor organizing continues to gain momentum nationwide as labor organizations are further engaging in calculated campaigns to convince employees they can better represent their interests against employers. McClurkin says the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has supported this movement with "recent pro-union precedent-shifting decisions, making it easier for unions to organize smaller groups of employees out of larger workforces and relaxing the standard for off-duty contractors to access employer property."

To lessen an employers' vulnerability to unionization efforts, McClurkin says it is essential for employers to strategically respond as they navigate the limitations placed on them by the NLRB. "The implication is clear for non-unionized employers: proactively make positive employee relations a standard practice in your organization," she writes. Some strategies employers can implement include: training management to engage, creating a positive platform for engagement, implementing clear policies and practices, and evaluating the competition.

"Non-unionized employers will benefit from a focus on harmonious relations with employees that isn't merely about avoiding labor organizing among the workforce. This approach should foster an authentic and positive relationship between management and employees that allows workers to feel valued and heard," McClurkin writes. However, she cautions against reactive implementations. "Workers may also see any attempts by the employers to address issues once a labor organization is involved as disingenuous."

McClurkin's practice focuses on traditional labor law matters, including collective bargaining, contract administration, and representing clients in grievance arbitrations and administrative proceedings. As a former National Labor Relations Board attorney and EEO counselor, McClurkin has a unique understanding and perspective of the law, allowing her to effectively guide clients toward their business goals while maintaining desired employee relations.

Read the full column.

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