A former Allstate agent-whose contract was abruptly terminated by the Northbrook, Ill.-based carrier-is now leading an effort to unionize Allstate agents. Allstate exclusive agents have no say when the company considers changing their contracts, according to John Bryant, who was escorted out of his Hammond, La. agency in April by a group of Allstate representatives and a security officer.The company stated that Bryant had failed "to maintain a professional and business-like relationship" with Allstate and that his agency failed to meet the company's business objectives.

In the meantime, Prudential agents voted down an effort by the New York-based Office and Professional Employees International Union to represent 2,000 Prudential Financial agents.

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