Regular readers of this column know that when it comes to unions, my mantra has been "management gets the union it deserves." If your healthcare organization has a union, or is in the midst of organizing activity, chances are that poor management or some sort of management-labor communications breakdown played a role. Ultimately the responsibility falls on management.
That came to mind when I read a recent item in the management-friendly HR Daily Advisor entitled: Warning Signs – Unions Organizing Behind Your Back.
The item was a synopsis of observations made by Mark Ricciardi, a Las Vegas attorney specializing in labor issues. While the observations were not specific to healthcare, Ricciardi's telltale signs included:
According to the Advisor, Ricciardi said HR should establish an "early warning system" that includes training managers to report all signs of labor activity, no matter how "trivial."