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The Merit Shop Message

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.

Paycheck Stuffers

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.

For more information about merit shop construction or support for the free-enterprise system, any member of the public can view the following websites (among others): and Nothing in these websites constitutes an agreement or arrangement to persuade the employees of any employer with regard to labor relations matters.

Available paycheck stuffers to download are located here.