All employees in the remaining operations that can unionize should do so immedaitely for two reasons. First they shold do it to protect themselves from greatly reduced considerations that will be the result of the managements' terrible performance and the impending cost cutting and head count reductions that ARE COMING. They will be drastic and the new severance will be far lower than before. The people in Atlanta, Pasadena and call centers are the most at risk.
Second, by unionizing the employees will make Avon far less attractive to a takeover. Any takeover will result in massive reductions and loyoffs as well regardless of whether it is hostile or friendly.
Do not ignore the warning signs and what little time you have left to protect yourselves. The louder management reassures you the less secure you are.