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I’m at an agency that just went through several rounds of layoffs. It often seems like staff have no recourse when the layoffs hit. How could a staff union assist in that situation?

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Yes— when layoffs happen in a union workplace there’s “effects bargaining,” which is basically bargaining the terms of the separation. Also, most of us get defined severance in our union contract. So it’s better in every way than layoffs without a union .

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cont. Could they help collectively negotiate severance and other protections? It seems like unions stepped up in the media world during those massive industry-wide layoffs earlier this year.

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