Mitigating Interest in Union Organizing: Employee Relations Plan Case Study

Lisa Marie Portugal, PhD


This discussion examined a case study regarding whether resident assistants were university employees who had the right to unionize under federal and state law. Factors contributing to employee interest in unionization were addressed. The university’s strategy to win certification election as well as the union’s strategy to win was evaluated. Finally, a plan for employee relations was developed to mitigate interest in organizing unions by university Resident Assistants (RAs) and their mentors known as CDAs on other campuses and institutions.

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