One of our key maxims regarding union avoidance goes something like this:
An employees doesn’t choose a union to protect him from the company, he chooses a union to protect him from a supervisor.
Front line supervisors can make or break a company in many ways, including opening the door to the type of unrest that leads to a union organizing drive. Attorneys at Fisher & Phillips recently posted a great article on this issue, focusing on the role of front line managers as part of the management team. Seen in this light, it is imperative to 1) hire properly, 2) train effectively, and 3) assess constantly the dynamics between the workforce and their direct supervisors.
Business guru Tom Peters reiterated the point in this brief video:
Curtis Iwatsubo, financial secretary-treasurer of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers (GMP) Local 52 in Santa Clara, CA, used a debit card to withdraw $47,000 from union funds, according to a federal indictment. Iwatsubo is also accused of making false entries into the check account registers of the union, and perjuring himself to DOL investigators to cover his tracks.
Members of the United Auto Workers had to resort to filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards asking the agency to investigate charges of nepotism by the union’s top officials.
“Your department is being asked to investigate because we (the members) are not allowed to address these issues during union membership meetings,” the complaint said. “A sergeant-at-arms will attempt to usher you out of the meeting or yell for you to sit down. We need someone to look into these findings so the hard working members who work on the line each day will know that our interest is being protected.”
UAW VP Cal Rapson
UAW Vice President Cal Rapson was singled out in the complaint. 10 UAW-GM Center for Human Resources
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The SEIU vs. NUHW court battle is raging on at the moment, and until it has ended, we won’t spend much time covering the blow-by-blow of the contest. It was telling that within the first week of the trial, the SEIU was forced to admit that many of the tactics it was accusing its former local members of, were actually not illegal! To save face, the SEIU dropped many of their accusations, and lowered the damage amount they were seeking from $25 million to around $5 million.
Carl Finnamore, who has been attending the court sessions, had this to say after witnessing the opening sessions:
It is said that clarity emerges the victor when an idea is challenged and submitted to critical examination. We shall see that theory tested after the next
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