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How do unions affect employees and businesses?

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2023 | New York Labor Law Blog |

The concept of unions often conjure mixed feelings in the public discourse. For workers, they serve as powerful advocates, fighting for improved wages, safer working conditions and better benefits. But for business owners and executives, unions might raise concerns about increased costs, more stringent regulations and operational constraints.

The role of unions extends beyond collective bargaining and touches various aspects of workers’ lives and business operations. As a result, good relationship with labor organizations can substantially impact affected companies themselves.

Unions offer more than just employee benefits

A common misconception is that labor organizations drive up operational costs for businesses. While they do advocate for better wages and benefits, these are just one part of the equation. Companies with positive union relationships often see reduced employee turnover, leading to lower costs related to hiring and training new staff. Additionally, long-term employees tend to be more experienced and productive, contributing more positively to a company’s bottom line.

Good relations can be a win-win for all

Understanding that labor organizations want the companies they work with to succeed is crucial. A successful company means job security for union members, which is one of the primary goals of any union. When businesses foster good relationships with unions, both parties can work together to find the most efficient and standardized methods for dispute resolution, wage negotiations and other critical operational issues. This not only saves time but can also lead to a more harmonious workplace.

Talent pools and training are among the hidden benefits

Businesses often overlook the role unions play in employee education and training. Labor organizations can be valuable sources of qualified and trained workers, especially in specialized industries. This can be particularly advantageous for companies seeking to hire employees who can quickly adapt to technical roles.

A positive ripple effect on the broader community

Even businesses not directly working with unions may adjust their wages and working conditions to compete for talent, thereby indirectly benefiting from the influence of labor organizations. This positive competition can stimulate local economies.

Unions aren’t just about serving workers’ interests at employers’ expense. In a well-balanced relationship, labor organizations can benefit businesses significantly as well.