New Executive Order Encourages Employees To Unionize

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An Executive Order from the Obama administration that was implemented earlier this year requires government contractors and subcontractors to post a notice advising employees of their right to unionize.

Projections' Executive Order 13496 Videos Help Companies Communicate their Philosophy.

Legislation such as EFCA and the RESPECT Act may not have gained the support they needed to succeed, but there are many things that can - and have been - done behind closed doors to support organized labor. That’s why employers need to be vigilant in consistently communicating their union-free philosophy to their employees.

With any federal contract renewal dated after June 21st of this year, federal contractors and subcontractors are now required to post a notice to employees, informing them that it is the “policy” of the US Government to “encourage collective bargaining.” Failure to post this mandated notice can result in the cancellation, suspension or termination of the contract or subcontract; as well as debarment from future federal contract or subcontracts.

The requirement – and its stiff penalties - comes from one of President Obama’s first actions as President, Executive Order 13496. This Order requires federal contractors and subcontractors to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act - specifically, to support and join a labor union. The US Department of Labor has issued guidelines on what the notice must include.

“What we have seen from this administration is a move away from support for legislative action favoring unions toward executive action that simply requires the president’s signature,” said Walter Orechwa, CEO of Atlanta-based employee communications company, Projections, Inc. “Legislation such as EFCA and the RESPECT Act may not have gained the support they needed to succeed, but there are many things that can - and have been - done behind closed doors to support organized labor. That’s why employers need to be vigilant in consistently communicating their union-free philosophy to their employees.”

To help employers with federal contracts stay in compliance with Executive Order 13496, as well as legally maintaining a union free workplace, Projections, Inc. has developed an informative new three DVD set, specifically crafted to help supervisors and employees understand the reasons behind the posting of the notice.

Projections has previously produced hundreds of labor relations DVD titles, including the NLRB-approved, “Little Card, Big Trouble,” on union authorization cards.

This latest program, titled "Your Rights and Responsibilities," was developed in partnership with a national labor law firm. It includes narration, video vignettes and more, all in just a few minutes. The programs were crafted to foster understanding, and are both engaging and short enough to address the topic without being heavy-handed. The 3 DVD training volume includes employee versions in both English and Spanish, as well as a separate program designed to help supervisors answer any questions that employees pose as a result of the notice.

The "Your Rights and Responsibilities" 3 DVD kit is now available to employers, as well as the attorneys and consultants that advise them.

Full-length previews of Your Rights and Responsibilities, along with pricing and additional information, can be found on the Projections website.

About Projections, Inc.

Established in 1979, corporate America’s leading provider of employee communication resources today is Projections, Inc. Working with hundreds of labor and employment attorneys nationwide, Projections has assisted thousands of companies in protecting themselves against third party involvement. Projections’ multi-award-winning resources focus on critical issues such as onboarding, harassment, compliance, labor relations, and other employment-related issues. Headquartered outside Atlanta, GA, Projections’ provides all production in-house with a full-time staff of writers, producers, editors, graphic designers, animators, and multimedia and web design personnel.

For more information on Projections, please visit their website at http://www.ProjectionsInc.com or call 877-448-9741.

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