Huge news from one of the nation's largest P&C insurance companies!

It has been reported that Allstate agents are in the process of unionizing. The National Association of Professional Allstate Agents Inc. (NAPAA) wants the giant insurer's agents to vote on whether they wish to form a guild. The group claims it needs to consolidate its forces to combat what it calls unfair business practices on the part of Allstate.

NAPAA wants Allstate agents to join the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) as a guild. OPEIU is an AFL-CIO affiliate.

The primary agent beef against Allstate is the company's decision to reduce commissions by some 20 percent.

Ballots will soon be mailed to Allstate agents. The results will be tabulated on August 17, 2011. The plan must be approved by more than half of the NAPAA membership in order to gain approval of the plan.

By becoming a union the group will gain collective clout that could have a greater impact on future carrier decisions.