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  •  it's what bosses say to divert sympathy (0+ / 0-)

    How about some examples:

    Kevin didn’t know. Stief advised him to warn his employee of the dangers of signing his names to such a document. "It’s a legally binding contract, it’s like a power of attorney, it’s like signing a blank check," Stief said. "When you talk to them, bring it down to their level."

    What if we felt like saying a lot of anti-union stuff to our workers? Lotito introduced a segment called "You Can Say It." Could we tell our workers, for instance, that a union had held strike at a nearby facility only to find that all the strikers had been replaced—and that the same could happen to the employees here? Sure, said Lotito. "It’s lawful." He added, "What happens if this statement is a lie? They didn’t have another strike, there were no replacements? It’s still lawful: The labor board doesn’t really care if people are lying."

    And my favorite:

    "You’re not a mammoth company and you can’t afford a contract like that. The implications of that are not good for anybody." What did he mean? "Between us, if you’re telling me that if you had to live under the master agreement, you’d be out of business and they’d be out of work—that’s what I mean," he said. He added with a laugh, "There’s a legal way to say that."

    When you take the emphasis off solidarity and the strike and place emphasis on "grunt work" you are playing into the hands of those who want to prevent workers from unionizing.  I've worked with unions representing cameramen in New York.  Many are unionized.  And because of secondary boycott laws (Taft Hartly) the union is not able to tell those members to stay home.

    This isn't a personal struggle or a personal discussion, this is about solidarity.  It's about respecting strikes and remembering that bosses have more in their arsenal to move sympathies than do the writers, waste management employees, meat cutters at Smithfield or the cashier at Aramark.  We're all in it together.

    union busting

    •  Viewpoint appreciated. (0+ / 0-)

      However, I certainly wasn't repeating bossman progaganda, I have genuine concern for the lower rung workers.
      I do appreciate your viewpoint and am thankful for it and the work you do.
      You'll have to forgive me, I'm a knee jerk liberal.

      I think I got tased in The Great Markos Candidate Meltdown Cranky Pants Sting of Ought 7...

      by Mannabass on Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 09:37:36 AM PST

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