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Cooperative Workforce Training Course

Course Description


In 2007, U.S. union membership increased for the first time in some 25 years. Further, a bill before Congress called the “Employee Free Choice Act” (EFCA) may soon amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to make unionization easier and more likely. (The NLRA grants labor unions the legal status to represent a particular workforce when certain conditions are met.)

Many employers have taken note of this potential rise in unions and are preparing themselves by becoming more attuned to the factors that drive unionization efforts. For example, studies reveal that unionization is based more often on employees feeling they are receiving unequal treatment and/or a lack of respect, rather than because of wages or benefits. As such, it can behoove employers to learn to build and maintain a content and cooperative workforce.

The Cintas, 40-minute Online Cooperative Workforce Training Course teaches managers how to create a more respectful work environment so that employees will not feel compelled to join a union. It also explains the effects of unionization and shares methods for responding to unionization efforts without violating the NLRA. Topics include:

  • A comprehensive look at labor unions
  • Understanding the effects of unionization
  • How to recognize efforts to unionize
  • How to respond to efforts to unionize
  • What is the “Employee Free Choice Act”?
  • The role and impact of team-oriented management
  • How to build and nurture a supportive workplace
  • The power of relevant and effective communication
  • How to use feedback and reviews



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