The Merit Shop Message is a philosophy that encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. Merit shop is not union vs. non-union. It’s simply a way of doing business, built on free enterprise.
Talking to your employees
You have the right to talk to your employees about what it means to be a merit shop contractor in the construction industry. That discussion may lead to talking about unions and that is okay - as long as you do not threaten your workers or promise them any benefits for rejecting a union. This section contains more information on what you can and can't do, along with information on which activities will need to be reported.
To give you the tools you need to talk to your employees about the merit shop, this section provides a list of messages that can be used as paycheck stuffers. Just click the document below you would like to use, print as many copies as you need and distribute.