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  •  I'm sorry, but no (0+ / 0-)

    You write:

    Point being: when bosses attack (via attempts to cut pay or benefits, or increase hours, or what have you), the strike/threat of strike is the first line of active defense.
    Again you are ignoring that going on strike is the last step in a long line of escalations that begins with the contract.  This being the whole point of organization. Once you have a contract, you have legal recourse. You have a grievance process.  Once the company refuses to adhere to the contract, or negotiate in good faith if the contract's up, that's when going on strike is an appropriate action.

    by ManfromMiddletown on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:35:12 AM PST

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    •  Excuse me, (1+ / 0-)
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      but this diary and the proposal in it was not intended as an exhaustive primer on the legal and historical context, value, process, and procedure behind unionization, organization, contract negotiation, and striking.

      I am not ignoring that long chain of cause, effect, negotiation, and so on...

      And even if I were ignoring the details, the main point remains the same: threat of strike, right to strike, legal basis for strike, and legal framework within which strikes take place is the single most important aspect of unionization.

      If strikes were not on the menu, contract negotiations would be meaningless. If strikes were not on the menu, legal protections and governmental oversight would be ignored. If strikes were not on the menu, unions would be little more than a social club.

      Threat of strike, legal or otherwise (and they only became legal because they happened anyway, mind you), is the fundamental building block of union power, full stop.

      Why are you nitpicking and attacking and being so nasty?

      The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

      by RedDan on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:44:21 AM PST

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