control. Often, unions target a particular industry or employer. The best defense is to have a workplace where the union message cannot take root. While there are a variety of reasons why any particular workforce

responds positively to a

union appeal, among the most common reasons are: 1) lack of appreciation – feeling that the employer does not really care about them; 2) lack of feeling “in” on things related to them and their workplace; and 3) lacking a supervisor or manager who is willing to listen and be understanding. There are no doubt innumerable factors that contribute to employee dissatisfaction, including failure to pay competitive wages and/ or benefits, insufficient time off, unfair/ inconsistent discipline, etc. However, in general, the three items cited above represent the primary drivers of worker dissatisfaction. Fortunately, there is a relatively simple answer to addressing those

About the Author Richard D. Alaniz is a partner at Alaniz Law & Associates, PLLC, a labor and employment firm based in Houston. He has been at the forefront of labor and employment law for over forty years, including stints with the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board. Rick is a prolific writer on labor and employment law and conducts frequent seminars to client companies and trade associations across the country. Questions about this article, or requests to subscribe to receive Rick’s monthly articles, can be addressed to Rick at (281) 833-2200 or

three most important factors. Each can and should be addressed every day that supervisors and managers are in the workplace. Making employees feel appreciated does not require a significant effort. A sincere daily greeting, a “thank

you” for a job well done, and similar expressions of goodwill can make a world of difference. Similarly, sharing information on matters that affect them and being receptive to their issues and concerns take only the will to do so.

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