As a traditional labor lawyer, I spend a great deal of time traveling the country to assist clients, and I spend a lot of that time in airports and on airplanes reading. On a recent trip, I read The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis, which discusses the research two psychologists conducted on the psychology of decision-making. The research, which concluded that people often err when making decisions despite access to information that should help them, got me thinking about how employees act in the face of union campaigns. The Thought ExperimentAs a part of one project, the psychologists asked thousands of people across diverse educational and socio-economic strata to answer two questions. The questions present two scenarios and require you to choose one. The answers to these questions—both your own and those of the average person—might surprise you. From a traditional labor relations perspective, the answers might tell you an awful lot about companies that maintain positive, union-free working environments.Question One: (a) I flip a coin—heads you win $1,000; tails you win $0; (b) I give you $400 right now and do not flip the coin. Which scenario did you choose?Question Two: (a) I flip a… Read full this story
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