Thursday, October 06, 2005


Administration counter-attacks unions

Stung most recently by labor's highly visible efforts to defend Social Security, the Bush administration has been looking for ways to sidetrack the unions. They have apparently decided on several tactics (from the Plain Dealer):
The chairman of the National Labor Relations Board says his prime objective is reviewing Ohio and Michigan cases on card-check, labor's top strategy in recent years for adding members.

. . .

That the Republican-controlled NLRB has even agreed to evaluate card-check sent shivers through organized labor, which says that the tactic is long enshrined in the 1935 National Labor Relations Act.

With card-check, employers agree to recognize unions when a majority of employees sign cards saying they want a union. Card-check is often used with "neutrality agreements," in which employers agree to stay neutral in an organizing drive.

. . .

Other important issues that will lead the NLRB's calendar, Battista said:

Whether companies can restrict employees from going to a union Web site while at work.

Evaluations during the hiring process of alleged "salts" - paid organizers who apply for a job at a nonunion company.

Whether certain union displays of banners are free speech or are "speech plus" - involving conduct rather than mere speech, and so more subject to regulation.
Actually, we think the unions can beat this thing back if they approach it politically, hit it hard and don't rely on the courts to do the heavy lifting.


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