An Allstate agents’ group is asking its members to consider aligning with a union and forming a guild to aid in its fight against what the group says are unfair business practices toward agents by the company.

The National Association of Professional Allstate Agents Inc. (NAPAA) says it is asking members to vote on a proposal for the association to affiliate with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) as a guild.

“Agent morale at Allstate has hit rock bottom, which cannot be good for the company, the agents or the shareholders,” says Jim Fish, NAPAA executive director, in a statement. “This is not a matter of political philosophy; it’s a matter of defending the interests of ill-treated small-business owners.”

The decision, NAPAA says, was made after “an enthusiastic response” from those attending a recent meeting of the association board.

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