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View Diary: Progressive/Liberals Are Scabbing: It's NEVER OK To Cross A Picket Line (144 comments)

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  •  Does the union represent the workers? (2+ / 0-)
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    gramofsam1, Justanothernyer

    That's the key question to me.

    If the union doesn't actually represent the workers at a given workplace—as indicated by card-check, a secret election, whatever process can determine a majority—then their right to speak for the workers in telling others that the workers are on strike is, in my opinion, nonexistent.

    If a co-worker of mine decide to declare ourselves a union and start picketing our office—despite there being many other employees who never voted for us to represent them—are those who cross the line "scabs"?

    If a legitimate union calls a strike for a given business or workplace, don't cross its lines—I absolutely agree with that. But what legitimizes a union, if not the assent of a majority of that business or workplace's workforce?

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