Strike contingency planning is the process of developing an operational strategy and comprehensive business continuity plan to continue operations in the event of a labor dispute. The need for strike contingency planning traditionally comes in to play when a unionized company's collective bargaining comes up for renewal or after it has recently become unionized.
In addition to an operational strategy, strike contingency plans often include a specialized labor dispute security plan as well. While many companies have contract security in place for normal day-to-day operations, for protection during a labor dispute many bring in Security Officers that are specifically trained in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and evidence documentation in order to avoid any Unfair Labor Practice charges (ULPs) that could be caused by inexperienced security personnel on the picket line.
MADI is a single-source provider of labor dispute management, providing the full range of services including contingency planning, temporary strike replacement workers, and labor dispute security teams nationwide since 1992.
MADI's systematic approach involves proactively identifying all operational and security vulnerabilities and threats that can pose risks during a labor dispute.
While each industry has its own set of requirements, there are many commonalities and best practices across industries and facilities from a physical risk management perspective. MADI's on-site needs analyses and strike contingency plans address areas such as:
Strike contingency planning and strike readiness have drastically changed over the past couple of years due to the current labor market and skilled labor shortages across the United States.
For example, the way MADI consults with distribution clients nationwide is drastically different due to the nationwide CDL-A Driver shortage. The pool of available CDL Drivers willing to take on work during labor disputes has changed from years past and in turn, our strategies and recommendations have changed.
Near full employment has caused labor shortages across the US and as a result skilled trades personnel such such as Electricians, Welders, Maintenance Technicians, Machine Operators, and Machinists are becoming more challenging to fill.
For projects requiring requiring large-scale replacement worker resources or larger numbers of highly technical skilled workers, the need for a pro-active recruiting and readiness preparation process is becoming more critical for companies that need to continue operations on day one of a labor dispute.
Depending upon your tolerance of risk, MADI offers various Labor Dispute Management Service options designed to match your desired preparedness level.
Basic strike staffing needs are assessed remotely. This may be a good option if a strike is unlikely, a small workforce is needed, the personnel are unskilled.
This option can also be helpful if a strike is imminent and time does not permit for an on-site needs analysis.
MADI operations and security experts visit your facilities to physically asses your operations, staffing and/or security needs and develop a comprehensive strike contingency plan.
This is an appropriate option if a labor dispute is a possibility, your operations are complex, multiple facilities are involved, or the strike replacement workers needed are highly technical.
Once your staffing requirements are determined, MADI will begin, upon request from the client, to assemble and maintain, on a position-by-position basis, a standby team of fully-vetted personnel for your specific project. Doing so enables MADI to deploy teams rapidly and efficiently, and it minimizes the deployment timeline.
This may be a necessary step in the event a strike is likely, a large number of strike replacement workers are needed, or the personnel needed are highly technical or in high-demand.
MADI's Security and/or Protection Teams can be deployed prior to a labor dispute. These personnel can be positioned visibly at the facility or can be stationed off-site providing an invisible, instant response capability.
This option may be necessary if extensive on-site training is required, an immediate response is required, or simply to convey a high level of preparedness to the union.
MADI's NLRA-trained and experienced Strike Security Teams can be deployed across the United States to provide real protection to your business. More information can be found on our website about our Executive Security Solutions here.
MADI supplies experienced skilled labor for nearly every industry. Further information on the industries we service and the job types and positions we fill can be found by visiting our Replacement Workers By Industries and Job Types.
Call us at (800) 780-0500 or schedule a call to discuss your needs and we'll provide you with service recommendations based upon our 26 years of experience.
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