Union Busting

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Union Busting

A derogatory term for the attempt to reduce the power of a labor union, or an organization designed to protect worker interests. Union busting generally is intended to allow employers to force employees to accept less favorable terms or working conditions. Union busting may involve espionage, hiring of scabs (or workers who agree not to abide by a union agreement), lockouts, or even violence. See also: Anti-unionism.
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The workers remained strong in the face of a strong anti-union campaign that included empty promises, captive audience meetings and threats.
Canada successfully joined the Teamsters Union, but not before enduring calculated and aggressive anti-union campaigns that included captive audience meetings, employer-produced anti-union materials that were distributed in the workplace and intimidation by members of management.
114) Attendance at captive audience meetings is compelled: Employees must listen to anti-union speeches or face termination.
Union busting is business as usual: 25 percent of companies fire one or more workers for union activity during union campaigns, 75 percent hire on anti-union consultants, 92 percent force employees to attend captive audience meetings, and 52 percent threaten to call the Immigration and Naturalization Service if the union drive involves undocumented immigrants, according to Uneasy Terrain: The Impact of Capital Mobility on Workers, Wages, and Union Organizing, a 2000 study by Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell University.
For example, during the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU, now part of UNITE) campaign at the Tultex plant in Martinsville, Virginia, the company showed a videotape in captive audience meetings which provided graphic footage of former ACTWU plants in New Jersey with boarded windows and padlocked gates, implying that the plants all had shut down in the aftermath of violent strikes which are inevitable if a union comes in.
Delta held nearly daily captive audience meetings and one-on-one meetings throughout the system to convey anti-IAM information and misinform employees about voting.
First Student managers have held captive audience meetings with workers, urging them to not support the union.
Reynolds' well-funded, coercive drive to instill fear in workers included threats to shut down the plants and move production overseas, to take away current benefits, conducted captive audience meetings and played streaming daily anti-union videos in the workers' lunchroom.
Management held forced captive audience meetings, had supervisors tear up union materials and harass union supporters, and even hired a notorious union-busting company that promised management results 'or your money back.
In response, BFI engaged in antiunion mailings and captive audience meetings.
company like Continental Airlines, at which unions represent pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers and mechanics, organizing efforts by ground workers have been met with intimidation tactics, captive audience meetings and aggressive efforts by professional union busters.
Management has conducted massive captive audience meetings, pressured and intimidated union activists, and engaged in polling and surveillance.