The relationship between Allstate Corp. and its agents may become more adversarial as more than 90 percent of the 1,200 members comprising the National Association of Professional Allstate Agents (NAPAA) voted yesterday to affiliate with a union.
NAPAA will align with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), a division of the AFL-CIO. Since Allstate classifies its agents as independent contractors, the move will not grant the group collective bargaining rights. Indeed, the NAPAA has complained in past that Allstate treats agents under contract as de facto employees, giving the company control over the agents while denying them the benefits employees receive.
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