(I wrote this original post in 2010-ish – but I could have written it today! Updated for today’s COVID crisis.)
As HR Pros I think we have the slight ability to come off anti-union and pro-management, emphasis on “slight”! It probably comes from too many interactions where we feel our hands get tied with contract language that either negatively impacts our ability to do our jobs effectively, or language that just lacks plain common sense.
The one thing I always hope for though is, in the end, the union and management still have the same goal (I said I hope!)