With representation elections occurring within 2-4 weeks from receipt of a petition, management often is not sufficiently prepared to launch an educational campaign that can effectively overcome what may have been a lengthy organization effort. The foundation of IRI’s Labor Relations Readiness System is labor knowledge and training for every leader in the organization pre-petition, so that conversations between leaders and employees about union representation are comfortable and effective.
Our training is supplemented by regular written updates that reinforce learning activities about topics related to union representation, including recent events, changes in the law and other critical matters. IRI’s training is further enhanced with regular (monthly or quarterly) in-person group meetings. An election plan with detailed tasks and responsibilities is tailored to the individual client to ensure that the organization is as ready as they can be in the event they receive a petition.
The readiness plan also includes a bargaining unit analysis (job titles that would be included in a potential bargaining unit) and what positions would be considered supervisory or confidential and therefore exempt from union representation.