Union Salting webinar
Measures contractors should consider before facing a salting campaign
By Tim O’Toole
The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) will present Union Salting on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 10:00 AM CDT.
Unions are targeting nonunion contractors in the construction trades with “salting” campaigns in an attempt to boost declining membership. Salting involves the placing of union organizers or members on non-union job sites in order to harass or disrupt the contractor’s operations, to increase costs of doing the project, or to organize the non-union contractor. The cornerstone of salting is to apply short-term pressure by “setting-up” the contractor’s supervisors for claims of retaliation for protected activity, discrimination, or failure to hire union applicants all with the desire to force them to agree to an ongoing relationship with the union. The subtle manner in which salts create such claims can leave even the most union savvy and seasoned manager or supervisor in a state of uncertainty.
Contractors must be aware of the methods salts use to entrap them in such costly claims. Because individual member salts may not have the sophistication of those who created the programs or attorneys who specialize in labor and employment law, the ability of the contractors to adapt to, or finesse, particular situations will result in fewer claims. This webinar is designed to provide measures contractors should consider and adopt before facing a salting campaign, and if necessary, how to deal with certain “salting” techniques.
King & Ballow is one of the nation’s preeminent law firms, providing comprehensive legal services in a variety of practice areas to individuals and companies in all 50 states and around the globe. King & Ballow’s attorneys work with clients to implement proactive measures and set the groundwork to prevent disputes before litigation becomes necessary. King & Ballow believes time spent on training and preventative counseling is more productive for their clients than time spent in court. This philosophy is emphasized in King & Ballow’s array of seminars and webinars provided to both clients and the public.
Michael D. Oesterle is the head of King & Ballow’s Construction Law Section and is a partner in the Labor Law Section. He represents clients in construction, steel processing, trucking, broadcasting, newspaper and printing. His practice focuses on all areas of labor and employment law, including labor organizing, labor negotiations, occupational safety and health consultation and associated litigation. His construction practice focuses on contract negotiations, government contracting, construction contract review, contract disputes and associated litigation. He has conducted seminars and in-house training for clients throughout the country.
Mason contractors registered for Masonry Certification will receive 1.00 credit in the ethics and business practices discipline upon completion of this course.
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About the Author
Tim O’Toole is the Director of Marketing for the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA). He has a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and has worked in the masonry industry since 2003.