Organized Labor’s Top Priority
Lighting the Fuse
Protests, labor strikes and mass movements have been cropping up around the globe recently, and regularly devolve into social unrest.
What drives these events and how (and why) do they proliferate? What do they share in common? Do they each derive from individual sparks, or are they somehow intertwined? Can these social phenomena be contained and extinguished, or are they destined to disrupt our daily routines? Read More “Lighting the Fuse”
How a Changing of the Guard Has Changed Unions and Politics
I remember back in 2008, when the Democrats had a big year on Capitol Hill, hearing Andy Stern on TV raising Hell. He stated “If they (elected politicians) don’t pass the Employee Free Choice Act then they need to know that we (Unions) put them in office and we will take them out of office”.
Stern had been an advocate for spending less money on political puppets and more on grass roots organizing efforts for many years. In 1984, when AFL-CIO President John Sweeney appointed Stern as the head ofthe organizing department, they were already showing signs of internal conflict when discussing the best way to use union resources. Read More “How a Changing of the Guard Has Changed Unions and Politics”
House Calls are simply not the same as they were when I was a National Organizing Director. Don’t get me wrong. Organizers still make house calls but when my team made them, they had a different mindset (and skillset) than many organizers out there today. But unions have identified this flaw and are working on strategies to fix a broken weapon.
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Healthcare, Emergency Medical Services and the Union:
Should today’s leaders in healthcare and emergency services care about the unions? Yes. Unions aretargeting these industries with full force. Remember, membership levelsin the union as an institution are at an all time low. They are also inthe BUSINESS of making money off of dues in exchange for unit representation. When membership is down, profits are down. When profits are down, business leaders find ways to bring them back into the black. Healthcare and emergency services are low hanging fruit which has historically gone relatively untapped. Read More “Healthcare, Emergency Medical Services and the Union:”
He Who Wins the Hearts of Employees Wins Campaigns
As a former union official with 24 years experience (many of which were spent as an Organizing Director with campaigns in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico), I have read with interest about the myths regarding how union organizers influence your workers to vote for the union in article after article authored by “union experts”. It seems that these experts have little to no real world experience with the union (low-level organizers within the union or HR professionals who worked ona handful of campaigns), or dare I say that they are making up stories to sell their services to unsuspecting and vulnerable clients who are inpanic mode when being pursued by the union. Either way, I am going to set the record straight and discuss the realities of how unions get to employees and how by being a “good manager” you can greatly increase theodds of victory against the union if faced with a campaign. Read More “He Who Wins the Hearts of Employees Wins Campaigns”