Are Unions the Best Place to Bloom Talent in Your Organzation?

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Innovation, Kris Dunn, Performance

Ever hear of the "Employee Free Choice Act" (EFCA)?  I didn’t think so… unless you have been a faithful FOT or HRCapitalist reader, of course. 

Whether you are a Recruiter, HR Pro or some other type of Talent professional, you owe it to yourself to see what could be around the corner in 2009.  Read my Workforce Column on the EFCA here

Instead of wondering if the PHR/SPHR is worth your time or why your employees post their résumés in broad daylight, you should be wondering if union shops need recruiters or HR Pros… (hint, they really don’t)…

You can also ask yourself obvious talent questions.  Is union representation the best way to maximize the perfomrance of your company?  Do high performers get rewarded as they should in union shops?

The EFCA is a stealth piece of legislationVoting_booth that would cripple the competitiveness of American business, limit the rights of employees and eliminate much of the need for independent-thinking recruiters and HR pros, all in one easy-to-sign law.

The worst thing about the Employee Free Choice Act isn’t its effect on us as HR professionals or recruiters. It’s how stunningly anti-employee the act is. Ability for employees to keep their feelings about unionization private? Gone. Ability for employees to listen and carefully contemplate both sides of an argument regarding representation? Gone.

Ability for an employee to vote in an election via the democratic process we all take for granted? Priceless … but also gone, if the Employee Free Choice Act is passed and signed into law.

Read the whole article at Workforce.  Educate your teams about what’s at stake.  Hard to believe SHRM, who’s pretty good at governmental affairs, hasn’t organized marches on Capitol Hill over the EFCA.

If you run into someone that thinks the EFCA is a good idea, here’s your question to them:  "Shouldn’t employees be able to vote in a confidential manner/private election for or against union representation?  What’s wrong with that?"

If they have an answer to that, hold onto your wallet/purse…   

Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.