Carolinas AGC Webinar: Protecting Your Company Against Union Activity
August 2, 2017
Carolinas AGC is proud to announce the second webinar in its brand-new Webinar Education Series.
To help members address increased union activity in the Carolinas, Carolinas AGC (CAGC) will hold a free one-hour GoTo webinar on Friday, August 4, at 1:00 p.m. The webinar will feature nationally recognized labor lawyer, Mark Stubley, Ogletree Deakins. The webinar will cover hiring and management processes and procedures necessary to deal with union organizing tactics. Is your employee application process secure? Are you prepared for job site union activity? Are your employee records protected? These are just a few of the issues, which will be addressed.
Members are encouraged to have anyone in their company who qualifies as an employee supervisor (in the office and field) to participate. For those member companies who are not able to participate, the webinar will be posted to the members only section of our web site for later download and viewing.
To participate in the webinar, please contact Allen Gray, 704-609-0760, AGray@CarolinasAGC.org to register and secure a password.
This is an update to an article, CAGC Helps Protect Members Against Union Activity, that ran in the June 28 issue of CAGC’s News Break.
Increase in Union Activity Detected
June 16, 2017
ARTICLE UPDATED June 16, 2017 – CAGC will host an Open Shop Webinar for members featuring Mark Stubley, Ogletree Deakins in July (date to be decided). The webinar will focus on practices and processes necessary to protect your company from union organizing tactics.
Carolinas AGC (CAGC) has detected an increase in union activity in the Carolinas targeting the construction industry.
We are encouraging all members to review their employee programs to ensure they are protected against union organizing tactics and prepared when unions approach your employees, jobsites and offices. CAGC provides members with an array of resources to help keep your company open shop and avoid labor related legal claims; including, our Open Shop/Pro Employee web page, Union Free Help Desk, Build Your Career program and access to the CAGC Human Resources Committee’s unmatched expertise on the issue.
According to Mark Stubley, Labor Attorney/Shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, “Contractors in NC and SC have recently confronted labor-front groups attempting to target their use of nonunion subcontractors. Public works contractors have also seen labor unions seek the names and personal information of employees on certified payrolls in order to target that employees for organizing and union membership.”
In addition to our in-house open shop resources, if you think your company is being probed by unions, we have a special arrangement with Mark Stubley for a free initial consultation to determine status and next steps in dealing with union organizing efforts. If you are seeking to implement and/or improve an open shop program, contacting CAGC’s Open Shop Help Desk will get you on your way.
“We stand ready to assist members in doing all they can to prepare for union organizing tactics,” states, Allen Gray, CAGC Utility Division Director and Open Shop/Pro-Employee contact. “With our online and in-house resources, legal counsel and HR Committee, our members have access to the most comprehensive open shop tools available that are specifically designed for the Carolinas construction industry.”
Stubley added, “North Carolina and South Carolina are both low union density areas. However, the Building Trades continue efforts to make inroads to organizing nonunion contractors and to strip nonunion contractors of their skilled employees. All of this underscores the need for CAGC members to maintain positive employee relations, train front-line supervisors, and utilize the significant resources developed.”
For nearly 100 years, CAGC has been active in successfully keeping the Carolinas construction industry open shop. We have the resources, training programs and staff to help your company maintain a highly skilled workforce, implement an effective open shop program and cultivate a pro-employee atmosphere.
For more information contact our Open Shop help desk at UnionFree@CarolinasAGC.org, or Allen Gray, 704-372-1450, ext. 5231.
Carolinas AGC Ramps Up to Protect Industry in Wake of National Labor Relations Board Rulings
Industry Association takes the lead on hosting comprehensive trainings to protect business and employees from “ambush elections” by unions across the Carolinas
Charlotte, NC – Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC) is launching a unique series of trainings and other other resources to help employers and employees understand new rulings from National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as part of its “Pro-employee and Union Free toolbox” for its members in North and South Carolina. The NRLB rule will provide unions with new ways to target companies for organizing efforts. The ruling goes into effect on April 14.
“The Carolinas are ripe for aggressive union organizing tactics. That’s why Carolinas AGC and the law firm of Ogletree Deakins have decided to lead the way to help employers prepare,” said Allen Grey, CAGC Utility Division Director The new “ambush election” rule is the latest in an ongoing effort by the Obama administration to use NLRB rulings to provide unions with tools giving them an upper hand over employers when targeting employees for union organizing.
“Employers in the Carolinas are considered easy targets by unions because our pro-employee/union free environment has kept most organizing activities to a minimum. However, with the implementation of the new rule unions will be emboldened to step-up their efforts and we must be prepared,” continued Allen Grey.
CAGC has been active keeping the Carolinas union free for over 90 years, with full-time staff and resources dedicated to the effort, and with recent NLRB rulings – CAGC is ramping-up their efforts. Along with Ogletree Deakins, CAGC is providing the construction industry with the resources and information necessary to prepare for increased union organizing activities and leading the way to keep the Carolinas pro-employee/union free.