I recently read an article based on the proposal of outsourced humane resources instead of union representation ( I know i'm supposed to be the union or nothing guy ) I think it has some merit for consideration as an alternative. It proposes that the company and employees hire an outside human resource company . The cost for paying the hr company would be paid half by the company and half by employees through a weekly deduction. The hr company would be hired by company officials and an elected (by employees ) not hand picked by the company and the terms of agreement be overseen by both parties. The hr company would be responsible for all aspects of Hr and base its decisions in fairness to both parties Including overseeing COLA, discipline(including arbitration if needed ) healthcare premiums and coverage... and so on. I think it has merit . What do you think ? If a company feels it wants fairness then it shouldn't have a problem with this . The company would save a large amount of money by not having to pay persuaders, union busters and labor lawyers as they currently doing so across the country. Mr. Jacobs says "he doesn't have a problems with unions just the Teamsters" than this may be a good alternative to consider. Employees that do not trust or want a union but realize things are not going in a good direction for us this may be an agreeable alternative.