Skip to comments.Big Unions Angle to Eliminate Small Ones
Posted on 03/11/2009 6:25:20 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
We've talked about it several times here on the blog; the hostile takeover of smaller unions. It has been Andy Stern's main modus operandi (President of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU). The idea is to roll into the territory of a local, smaller union, make back room deals with the employers to get their assistance, and then lead a forced take over of that smaller union eventually to vote it out of existence. Thereby the little unions that might stand in the way of the mega unions are eliminated and the mega unions now controlling everything from the top down get more even more massive.
It's a perfectly legitimate strategy, of course... except for the fact that it makes the lie to every purported "principle" that unions claim to have. Local control becomes dashed and democracy summarily eliminate, yet local control and democratic process are the central themes of unionism. Without them they are little different than the supposedly evil corporate maters bent on domination that union claim their employers are. If a union member cannot feel that his local representatives are actually there for him then that impersonal attitude is no different than uncaring masters of industry.
Yet, this strong-arm takeovers of smaller unions is the current rage among big unions. And it is being noticed...
Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...
The smaller unions are more likely to look out for the interests of the employees. The larger unions see the employees as pawns in the “big game”. If the union can use one local’s strike to destroy a business (and put that local’s employees permanently out of work) as a warning to other businesses, they will do it. A small union could never do it.
SEIU = ACORN! Same people, same corruption!
I was watching “Norma Rae” last night, with utter fascination.
Having seen what unions did to the textile industry in America, I was captured by the utter irony of that film.
Small unions probably work well with management, since there’s a more common goal of keeping the company going.
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