Why would an organization care whether its supervisors speak in favor of or against union representation?
During a union campaign, employers are permitted to engage in activities that will not interfere with an employee’s ability to make a free choice in a union election. If threats of reprisal, promises of benefits, or other actions would serve to coerce employees, an unfair labor practice (UPL) charge will be brought against the employer. If the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finds violations, the union essentially wins without the election. Here are some important guidelines (Collier, 1998) that a supervisor may legally follow:
Tell employees that the supervisors and the company are opposed to unionizatio