Tip Tuesday: 6 Must-Haves for an Effective Labor Communications Strategy
April 11, 2023

It is crucial to have an effective labor communications plan during negotiations. At the earliest opportunity, key team members must meet to jointly devise a strategy, which may include some or all of the following:

  1. Conduct live or remote-based training for negotiating committee members on the negotiation process, what to expect, etc.
  2. Conduct live or remote-based training for managers and supervisors on how to effectively communicate with union employees, with a focus on the dos and don’ts of communication during collective bargaining
  3. Prepare managers to communicate effectively with employees who are not involved in negotiations
  4. Develop a communications strategy to include weekly internal calls, schedule for communications with employees, pre- and post-negotiation communications
  5. Proactively prepare to deal with inevitable rumors and formal communications efforts from the union and outside parties
  6. Have a strike plan in place

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