Posts tagged intimidation

    Op-ed: Worker freedom and choice are still under attack

    August 23, 2022 // In one dispute that reached the NLRB , an employee was told if she did not sign an authorization card, “the union would come and get her children and it would also slash her car tires.” In a 2012 United Auto Workers union drive in Chattanooga, Tennessee, workers claimed organizers said that signing cards would only indicate their interest in the union. But this was not true: Signing the card meant they authorized the union to represent them. Unions prefer the card check approach because it allows them to bypass the protections of a secret ballot election and helps them organize more dues-paying members. If an organizer threatens a worker to sign a card, the worker may comply just to get the organizer to go away.

    Apple union push faces setback as Atlanta organizers withdraw vote bid, citing alleged intimidation, rising Covid cases

    May 30, 2022 // Earlier this week, Apple announced that it was increasing starting pay for retail employees to $22 per hour. In the message to co-workers, the Cumberland Mall organizing committee said that the unplanned raises were a direct result of its organizing drive.

    Labor Board Seeks Unionization at Starbucks Where Union Lost Election

    May 23, 2022 // The National Labor Relations Board is seeking to order Starbucks to recognize a union at a Buffalo-area store where the union lost an initial vote last year.

    Amazon Endures the Union ‘Wave’

    May 4, 2022 // The press predicted a surge of Big Labor victories after an Amazon warehouse unionized last month, but the labor "tidal wave" has yet to claim a single island. A separate vote this week shows that unions still face long odds in organizing at Amazon and other private employers.

    The FBI informant in John Dougherty’s inner circle recorded more than 30 conversations with him

    April 29, 2022 // In a court hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl expressed concern that the government had waited until earlier this year — four months after Dougherty was convicted on federal bribery charges in his first trial — to disclose that they had a mole working from within Dougherty’s union, the politically powerful Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

    Viewpoint: Let Oklahoma teachers control their own paychecks

    April 28, 2022 // Our state can begin by solidifying some basic facts. Oklahoma teachers have First Amendment rights. They get to choose whether to join, or remain a member of, a union. And they decide for themselves whether part of their hard-earned paycheck goes to support a union.