The pilot “sickout” at American Airlines last February was not the first time unions have stranded travelers in airports around the country and cost a company millions of dollars. Nor will it be the last.

While it is true that unions are not the fearsome forces they once were, recent changes in union leadership have produced a new breed of unionism that is working smarter and harder to organize employees. This article will examine the scope, manner and extent of union activity, and how to keep your clients in compliance with the National Labor Relations Act, especially in the early stages of union organizing activity.

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