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Your Employees are Organizing a Union

  • Accountant
  • CFE
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • HRCI
  • SHRM
  • CWS

Published: September, 2022

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Course Description


  • Initial warning signs
    3 mins
  • What you can do
    40 mins
    57 mins
  • What a union cannot do
    59 mins
  • What impact is unionization on managers?
    62 mins

Course Description

Almost all employers are eligible for union organization—there is no minimum size or type of industry required for a union to represent employees. However, there are strategies employers can use to minimize the likelihood that a union would be accepted by employees.

Employees join unions because they are dissatisfied with how management treats employees and believe that the union can make conditions in the workplace better. While pay and benefits are often hot topics in union organizing tactics, employees are most influenced to join a union when the company is perceived to be unfair, unresponsive, or offering substandard working conditions to employees.

Managers every day are challenged in maintaining their employees Union Free Status.

In this CPE webinar on Business Management, we will have varied discussions and learn or gain a refresher as to the Initial warning signs of Union Organizing which occur well before a Union gets the appropriate number of signed Authorization Cards and the NLRB Conducts a secret Election.

Learn why “the best Election is the one……that is never held”.

This CPE course will outline and discuss over twenty Initial Warning Signs of Union Organizing. We will engage in discussions as to what you can do and what you cannot do during a Union Campaign. There will be an introduction to the potential unfair labor practices that management can be held accountable for and why.

We will have discussions as to Union Authorization Cards and why employees sign them. There will be additional topics discussed such as the NLRB Election and what constraints the Employer is held to during this Campaign. The CPE webinar closes with a satirical presentation and discussion of “How to Ensure A Union in Your Workplace” (“What you do not ever want to do in the Workplace”).

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Learning Objectives

  • To discuss over twenty of the Initial Warning Signs of Union Organizing and understand how to be prepared to respond appropriately to each employee's concerns and questions. 
  • To analyze the mindset of the Union Organizer.
  • To discuss why Unions are more actively organized in Workplaces in recent years, as their percentages have dropped dramatically.
  • To inspect how to communicate successively with your employees as they will understand “How the Union Organizer is the only one who gains if this workforce is unionized”. 
  • To discuss ‘what you can do and “what you cannot do, for example, they are your employees we will discuss in great detail what you can discuss FACTS, OPINIONS, and EXAMPLES regarding Unions with your employees.
  • To analyze how to not initiate errors as ultimately worst-case scenario the NLRB can rule that you must bargain with this Union even though there has not been an election.
  • To discuss tips, tactics, and techniques so that a Union Organizing Campaign is NOT an Annual Event.
  • To analyze the dangers of committing an Unfair Labor Practice.
  • To discuss why employees sign authorization cards.
  • To investigate how to be successful in the NLRB election.

Recommended For

  • This Online CPE session is recommended for CPAs, CMAs, CEOs, Accountants, Human resources, CFOs, Business Owners, Business Managers, and other individuals who want to understand everything about Union in the organizations.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accounting Managers
  • Assistant Controllers
  • Business Owner
  • CEO
  • CFO/Controller
  • Compliance Managers
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Entrepreneurial Accountant
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • HR Professionals
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Risk Managers
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1.5 General Credit of Business Management and Organization for Accountant/Bookkeeper/Tax Professionals
  • 1.5 CPE Credit of Business Management and Organization for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit of Business Management and Organization for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit of Business Management and Organization for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1.5 RCH Credit of HR (General) for Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) (Approval No. 587078)
  • 1.5 PDC Credit of Business Acumen for SHRM Professionals (Approval No. 22-PXRCA)
  • 1.5 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1.5 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)

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About Presenter

Gerry McLaughlin

, Gerry McLaughlin Consulting LLC

Gerry McLaughlin , Ms. IR, is the author of “Negotiating The Labor Agreement” His  experience  covers  30 years of successfully negotiating over 500+ labor contracts in varied industries as Executive Director and Vice President for Fortune 100 Companies, and in areas, such as, but not limited to, Manufacturing, Distribution, Telecom, Retail, Healthcare & Senior Care, Food services, Housekeeping & Facilities. 

He has negotiated with over 20 National and Local Unions, trained 1000’s of Managers in “Managing a Union Workplace”, ,”Negotiating A Labor Agreement” Collective Bargaining as well as Union Avoidance and Employee Relations issues.

He knows and fully understands:

  • How to build and maintain successful relationships with Union Leaders locally and nationally.
  • Maintain and/or Develop existing Managements Rights to ensure the unfettered Right “to run your business” Ensuring successful Workplace policies.

About Company

Gerry McLaughlin Consulting LLC

Gerry McLaughlin Consulting LLC offers a wide range of  Employee and Labor Relations services to fit a multitude of industries. Whether we are negotiating your Collective Bargaining Agreement, Consulting with your team on an Employee  or Labor Relations issue, or conducting Training for your Managers or employees .Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and how Gerry McLaughlin Consulting LLC can work for you.

We have over 30  years of experience, chairing in excess  of 500 Collective Bargaining Agreements with over 20 International unions, let us negotiate your upcoming  Collective Bargaining Agreement. At Gerry McLaughlin Consulting LLC, we combine our expertise and insights to help you achieve your goals.  And our staff has the capabilities and experience to actually do it.

Gerry McLaughlin Consulting LLC is your one stop address for Employee and Labor Relations Consulting Services. Let us conduct an indepth review and analysis of your Collective Bargaining Agreement. We examine what we can do to ensure your goals are met.


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