Those mean old unions | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Those mean old unions

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 5:53 AM

John Brummett acknowledges that the Employee Free Choice Act does not abolish elections on union representation, as the business lobby's dishonest ad campaign represents. But Brummett still believes the current labor negotiation process is balanced, not in need of this change.

Sure. Employers really only want what's best for employees in preserving the current certification process. The secret ballot should be inviolate -- except of course in decertification campaigns pushed by management in which a quick, non-secret card signup can be used to toss a union out.

As luck would have it, a couple of Arkansas working stiffs offered some personal testimony last night at a labor rally for the legislation -- a rally lightly covered by media.

Here's testimony from an employee of a trailer manufacturer. And here's the account of an Arkansas steelworker. Who values workers' rights more? Them? Or the plant bosses?

UPDATE: New Gallup poll says majority likes this union idea. But what do they know. The employers will decide what's in workers' best interest.

UPDATE II: Encyclopedia of Arkansas provides broader context on labor in Arkansas. And here the political context about our Wal-Mart beholden senators and the long-standing influence of the oligarchy on this issue in the South.

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