Do you know what one of the best tools employers have at their disposal to combat this fear? A no-solicitation policy, which prevents employees from discussing union-related matters in work areas and during work time.
These policies, however, have to be both lawfully drafted and lawfully enforced. For example, two weeks ago a federal court in Cleveland entered an injunction preventing an employer from enforcing a no-solicitation policy against its employees who were engaged in a union campaign. The policy, which was non-discriminatory on its face, read as follows:
During work time, each associate is to be occupied with his or her assigned responsibilities. Engaging in the distribution of literature during work time or in working areas or soliciting support of other associates for any group, cause or product on work time is prohibited.