Campaign Consulting

Winning NLRB for Nearly Four Decades
Over 10,000 Election Victories

Leader Training

Tripwire™ Early Warning Signs, Rapid
Response Team, Approachable Leadership™

Custom Video

25th Hour Videos, Orientation and
Employee Communication Videos

Campaign in the Cloud

Comprehensive, Up-To-Date Communication Tools
Videos, PowerPoints, and More Designed for Ambush Elections

Dark Sites

Communication Websites Ready
the Minute You Need Them

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Problems We Solve for Our Clients

Union Election?

Educate employees with the most successful and respected experts.

Worried About Risk?

Identify - and fix - employee concerns BEFORE they blow up.

Poor Leaders?

Teach leaders to identify problems early, “run to the smoke” and be approachable to their team.

Flying Blind?

Deep dive research for education campaigns, site selection and bargaining preparation.

Trouble Communicating?

Campaign tools in the cloud, employee websites, innovative video, and more.

Weak Response Team?

Build in-house rapid response capability to resolve employee relations problems using the same tools used by the best.

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Trusted Experts

The business media, US Congress, and clients worldwide count on LRI experts. You can too.

Why Clients Choose LRI

Respected Authority

LRI has educated employees and repaired frayed working relationships for 40 years.The only major labor relations firm run by a labor attorney, we are regularly tapped as experts by major labor law firms, the business media, Congress, and national groups like the US Chamber of Commerce, SHRM and CUE.

Trusted Educators

When you are trying to re-build trust with employees the last thing you need is for your consultant to become an issue. Unfortunately some exaggerate or even lie about their union experience or background. Our consultants all undergo extensive professional and criminal background checks and ethics training before they ever step foot in your company.

Employees First

Union elections happen when things go wrong. While we’ve helped over 250,000 employees keep their direct relationship, we pride ourselves on HOW we do it. We treat employees with respect. We educate using facts and experiences that resonate. And we help develop leaders so the mistakes that led the election don’t happen again.

LRI is the nation’s leading full service labor and positive employee relations consulting firm.

We help our clients earn, protect and retain their direct relationship privilege, as we have for nearly 40 years. We also help leaders in unionized work places protect management flexibility and engage their represented employees. We do this by teaching Approachable Leadership and educating leaders how to communicate lawfully, respectfully and effectively. We are the go-to partner for clients seeking to assess and mitigate risk, maintain early warning of employee relations problems, and prepare leaders for respectful and effective conversations that teach.

Union Elections Won

Direct Relationships Preserved

Need to educate employees during a union campaign? Want to work with the leaders and best? You’re in the right place.

Campaign Consulting

Credible, reputable experts you’ll be proud to introduce to your team.

  • All industries
  • Companies of any size type
  • Direct persuasion
  • Campaign strategy
  • Former union organizers & officials

Communication Tools

The right message and the right medium, all reinforcing the campaign sequence.

  • Videos (off-the shelf, custom, union-specific)
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Campaign Websites (dark sites, social pages)
  • Posters, flyers, memos, & much more

Opposition Research

Everything needed to paint the true picture of the union behind the organizer.

  • Library of 10 databases
  • Strike history
  • Financial records
  • Constitutions & bylaws

Campaign Specialty Items

Physical, compelling reminders that reinforce your message.

  • Strike computers
  • Warranty coupon books
  • Buttons
  • T-shirts

Forty years. Over 10,000 elections. More than a quarter-million direct relationships preserved. The most wins and satisfied clients – period.

Every day we are educating employees somewhere about the disadvantages of unions. We know the ropes, we have the right people and we use the right tools. Is it important to continue to be able to work directly with your teammates, or not? Even if the union is only poking around and hasn’t filed a petition yet, if you’re serious about continuing your direct relationship, pick up the phone and call us now.

What Our Clients Say

I would like to thank your team on our recent victory over the IAFF in our election on Friday. We won with about 2/3 of the votes in our favor. I could not have done it without the great work of [consultant name withheld]. He got to the root of the problem almost immediately and got me headed in the right direction. Thanks again for your expert help.

I just wanted to take a moment and personally thank you for lending us your expertise and hard work in helping [Company Name Withheld] remain Union-Free. You were instrumental in helping me stop the Teamsters, who had been previously batting 1000 against [Company Name]; winning several elections against this past year. With a resounding 50% margin of victory, I believe we sent them a clear message that we intend to remain union-free.

I wanted to drop you a line to let you know about the terrific job [consultant name withheld] and LRI did for our employees. [He] was extremely knowledgeable, easy to work with and has great interpersonal skills that allow him to genuinely connect with employees at all levels. Our facilities mechanics and custodians were so appreciate of his work and the information he shared that he received many hugs, handshakes and thank yous on the last day. [He] also left management with a lot to think about and a road map of what needs to be done differently. Our employees ultimately voted to overwhelmingly defeat the Teamsters 43-no to 3-yes that allows us to continue to work directly with our employees in their best interest giving the us the opportunity to make things right. [He] was a great partner to HR as well, collaborating on the strategy and actions needed to make the union campaign a success. Thank you again for the great service.

Educated, cared-for employees will never listen to the empty promises of union organizers. Stay Left of Boom by creating a positive workplace.

Campaign Preparation

Be confident that the right people have the right tools and know what to do with them.

  • Campaign In The Cloud
  • First Responder Training
  • TripwireTM Supervisor Training
  • Campaign Tools Audit

Assessing Vulnerability

Find potential weaknesses, reduce risks, and strengthen the workplace.

  • External Vulnerability Audit
  • Site Selection
  • Eye In The SkyTM
  • Internal Vulnerability Audit

Positive Workplace

A healthy workplace is a “hard target” for union organizers and pays big dividends to the bottom line!

  • Supervisor DNA Assessment
  • Front-Line Supervisor Training
  • Employee Engagement Surveys

Communication Tools

Strengthen the relationship with your employees through effective communication.

  • Company culture videos
  • Print communication tools
  • Website and social media

LRI wrote the book on creating a positive workplace where engaged employees don’t consider unions.

Understanding employee concerns and helping front line supervisors connect with those they lead keeps the workplace positive and makes union promises irrelevant.

Left of Boom is the comprehensive (441-page) guide to creating a positive workplace where employees are engaged and unions are irrelevant. Get your copy today. Available in our bookstore, or on Amazon.com

ONE leader behavior reduces turnover by

%

Know what it is?

This same leader behavior also increases above-and-beyond effort by 88%. Not just that - but employees of these leaders are highly engaged and would never consider organizing a union.

The Approachability Playbook is a practical 110-page toolkit for leaders who want to improve connection with their teammates. Both are available in our bookstore, or on Amazon.com

What Our Clients Say

I learned a lot from watching the video. My Executive Team truly enjoyed watching the video and we will definitely look to your company for guidance and training materials in the future.

Had an opportunity to meet and listen to Phil in this week’s CUE Conference. His presentation was an absolute home run – which is very appropriate for the host city – home of the Louisville Slugger. This information clearly focuses on “preventive medicine” which should eliminate or greatly minimize the risk of any serious “illness” – Left of The Boom is a great way to show importance of being pro active and what happens when we wait to react. Great job !

LRI’s campaign in a box material is a great tool to educate employees and since it’s web-based its accessibility and ease of use can’t be beat. Since buying it a year ago, we’ve used it during pre-petition card signing campaigns and where election petitions have been filed. It helped us win both types of campaigns and we will continue to use it in the future.

Greg [LRI staff] was very adaptable, good to work with. He really ‘made it’. Excellent to have as our collaborator and producer. It was really Greg’s idea to show as many people as we did. Really liked our narrator, too. [name withheld] (on camera exec.) was very responsive to Greg’s coaching. Greg was a joy to work with; very talented. Another thing – you didn’t nickel & dime us on charges; in fact, you gave us extra value at the end of the production – and WE REMEMBER THAT!. We’re more than happy. We wouldn’t hesitate to use LRI again.

Positive labor relations when working with a union demands a strategic approach. Don’t get stuck in the weeds!

Get the Best Deal

Negotiate from a position of strength.
Get what you need at the bargaining table.

  • Bargaining Preparation
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Close the Deal

Positive Labor Relations

Work together but don’t compromise the compromise.

  • Opportunity Assessment
  • Manage with a Union
  • Constructive Discipline
  • Relationship Building

Manage Challenges

Preparing for and avoiding breakdowns.

  • Strike Preparation
  • Business Continuity
  • Contract Campaign Defense

Become Union Free

Know when a window of opportunity arises and be prepared to take advantage.

  • Respond to Employees
  • Deauthorization
  • Decertification

Can you have a productive relationship with a union and still run a business? You can if your leaders follow the guidance in this book.

Working with a union requires different skills, and demands that you constantly keep the big picture in mind. It is easy to get caught in the mentality of simply moving from one contract negotiation to the next. Managing the Union Shop is a practical, accessible 89-page guide on how to balance the challenges of leading in a unionized operation. Great advice on keeping the gains you made in bargaining, to handling relationships with union officials, to leading unionized employees, and much more. Get a copy for your whole leadership team - they’ll be glad you did!

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