According to a recent Gallup poll, almost two-thirds of Americans approve of labor unions.

After reaching an all-time low of 48% in 2009, approval of labor unions has increased steadily to 64%. This increase crosses political party lines. According to the Gallup poll, 82% of Democrats approve of unions. Although only 45% of Republicans approve of unions, this represents a significant increase from only 29% in 2009. Approval among Independents also has grown 17% since 2009, to 61%.

According to Gallup, unions have enjoyed higher approval ratings only twice since 1970: in 1999 and 2003. Union leaders partially credit highly publicized strikes and walkouts for the rise in support, and they have pledged to organize more aggressively to capitalize on the growing popularity.

As public support for unions grows, it is more important than ever for employers to educate supervisors about how to recognize early warning signs and lawfully respond to organizing by explaining what union representation may mean for employees and their families. Jackson Lewis attorneys are available to work with employers to provide legal advice on these issues, and on how employers can create an environment where employees feel well-treated and see no need for union representation.

 

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Photo of Howard M. Bloom Howard M. Bloom

Howard M. Bloom is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law representing exclusively employers for more than 36 years.

Mr. Bloom counsels clients in a variety of industries on labor law issues. He trains and advises executives, managers and supervisors on union awareness and positive employee relations, and assists employers in connection with union card-signing efforts, traditional union representation and corporate campaigns, and union decertification campaigns. He also represents clients at the National Labor Relations Board in connection with bargaining unit issues, objections and challenges, as well as unfair labor practice investigations and trials. Mr. Bloom also has been the spokesperson at countless first and successor contract collective bargaining negotiations, and regularly advises on collective bargaining agreement administration issues, including grievance/arbitration issues.

Mr. Bloom has appeared before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, several U.S. District Courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Mr. Bloom speaks frequently to employer groups on a wide range of labor and employment law topics. He also has written extensively on labor and employment law for a variety of publications, including New England Business magazine, The Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal. He also is editor of and a frequent contributor to the Jackson Lewis Labor & Collective Bargaining Blog.

While attending law school, he was the Executive Editor of The Advocate: the Suffolk University Law School Journal and President of the Student Bar Association.

Mr. Bloom is a diehard baseball fan. His first book, The Baseball Uncyclopedia: A Highly Opinionated Myth-Busting Guide to the Great American Game, was published in February 2006.

Photo of Philip B. Rosen Philip B. Rosen

Philip B. Rosen is a Principal in the New York City office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Rosen also leads the firm’s Labor Practice Group. He joined the Firm in 1979 and served as Managing Partner of the New York City office from 1989 to 2009.

Mr. Rosen lectures extensively, conducts management training, and advises clients with respect to legislative and regulatory initiatives, corporate strategies, business ethics, social media, reorganizations and reductions-in-force, purchase/sale transactions, sexual harassment and other workplace conduct rules, compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, wrongful discharge and other workplace litigation, corporate campaigns and union organizing matters, collective bargaining, arbitration and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. He has been quoted by the press on many labor matters, including the National Labor Relations Board’s recent initiatives on protected concerted activity and the proposed Notice Posting requirements.

Photo of Robert J. Guidotti Robert J. Guidotti

Robert J. Guidotti is an Associate in the White Plains office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey state courts.

Mr. Guidotti received his B.S. in Marketing, magna cum laude, from Fairfield University in 2008, where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society. Mr. Guidotti received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where he served as a senior staff member with the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, in 2011.