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  •  for starters (2+ / 0-)
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    1. Whether public money is paying for union busting,
    1. the extent to which union busters advise employers to break the law during union drives,
    1. Whether rackets like the center for union facts deserves tax exempt status

    You can't fool all the people all of the time, but if you fool the right ones the rest will fall in line.

    by ElMateo on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 11:21:27 AM PST

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    •  The answers. (0+ / 0-)
      1. Little, if any.
      1. A good amount.  But they're agents of employers and therefore accountable for their misdeeds.
      1. Why not?
      •  congressional investigation (3+ / 0-)
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        I worked for a congressional committee in the early 1980s that held lengthy hearings on the misdeeds of the anti-union consultant industry, their failure to obey labor laws, and the Reagan administration's failure to enforce the laws.  

        Reagan even appointed an anti-union consultant (Tim Ryan of the Master Printers) to the Department of Labor where he had oversight of a pending investigation of ... himself.

        I am sure he carefully investigated himself before dismissing he investigation of himself.

        The Congressional investigations were called "Pressures in Today's Work Place" and "Oversight Hearings on the Landrum Griffin Act."

        The anti-union industry destroys work place democracy as effciently as the poll tax and voter qualification tactics thwarted democracy in the Old South.

        Folks that call for enforcement of labor laws as a substitute for EFCA don't recognize the degree to which secret ballot elections have been corroded by anti-union tactics; intense propaganda, firings, retaliation, surveilance, and so on.

        •  question for you (0+ / 0-)

          Do you think another round of hearings would be useful?  I was envisioning hearings that actually lead to some substantive law changes.

          You can't fool all the people all of the time, but if you fool the right ones the rest will fall in line.

          by ElMateo on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 12:57:55 PM PST

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          •  Good point (0+ / 0-)

            Especially in light of the wide range of opinions demonstrated in this thread, maybe the best way to kick off the EFCA legislation would be with congressional hearings that included horror stories about the destruction of work place democracy.

      •  Little, if any? (1+ / 0-)
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        Pesto

        Working in the transportation sector, I can tell you without question that a TON of public money is spent on union busting.  That is a fact.

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