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  •  picket line (1+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright

    Why is it assumed workers will cross the picket lines?  Will maintenance staff?  What about clerical workers?  Nurses?  Until unions respect other union picket lines, the labor movement will continue to shrivel and die.

    Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

    by melvynny on Sat May 18, 2013 at 11:11:39 AM PDT

    •  Clerical workers (3+ / 0-)
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      tb mare, Eyesbright, Oaktown Girl

      at the University of California recently ratified a contract with a "no strike provision." So even if we (since I'm a member of that union) wanted to engage in a sympathy strike with our sisters and brothers at the medical centers, we could not.

      To be clear, I voted against the contract, and I inquired with the lead negotiator as to why she would ever agree to such a demand by the university. Since, to be frank, we clericals at the UC are tremendously disheartened and disengaged by the state of labor relations as a whole, there was little actual opposition to the contract and is was ratified by something like 80-20%.

      Hilarious and yet sad fact: we clericals are actually part of the Teamsters- yet we STILL are unable to strike. Additionally, we have received no communication from the union as to whether we can refuse to cross a picket line without disciplinary action being taken.

    •  princliples are great (0+ / 0-)

      They do not however put food on the table.

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