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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Yet Atlas Steels was just one of the Niagara Peninsula's anti-union employers, and the publicity campaign was just one type of union avoidance scheme employed by such employers.
Ports has nearly 40 years of experience in the HR field, with specialization in union avoidance, government relations and legislation counseling, HR and leadership development, and positive employer-employee relationship building.
19) The union avoidance and 'union busting' activities of employers, designed to remove union influence from workplaces and to thwart efforts to build membership, have been well documented in international studies during the past two decades.
Some of the worst we have come across are those used by Northcliffe Newspapers who have used union avoidance and anti-union techniques to deny their employees union recognition and to discourage union membership.
Bernstein's practice focuses largely on union issues, including union avoidance and supervisor training, union negotiations, employee grievances, arbitrations, and National Labor Relations Board proceedings.
King and Ballow's website brags of conducting "several hundred successful union avoidance campaigns throughout the United States.
Although it attracts little adverse attention, the North American employment practice of union avoidance sabotages the right to bargain collectively and thus is morally wrong.
The papers describe an industry whose employers were consistently anti-union, who utilized different strategies of union avoidance, but who failed to stem union advances during the golden years of union organization, the 1930s and 1940s.
In the face of union avoidance strategies that routinely imply the possibility of job loss, low wage employees may recognize that the employer faces greater costs of bringing them up to a standard union wage and thus their chances for retention are lower.
Peer review began as a union avoidance technique, since an impartial grievance procedure is about the only benefit left that an organizer can promise and actually deliver.
There are some 147 leading consultant firms widely used by industry for various tasks that can be divided into four categories-the firms that provide advice on strategic planning; those that deal with marketing; those that provide expertise on manufacturing and technological processes; and the ones that provide guidance on personnel problems related to union avoidance, strike avoidance, productivity improvement, and involvement programs.
On December 8, 2010, Governor Haley announced she would nominate union avoidance attorney Catherine Templeton to head South Carolina's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR), declaring unequivocally, "We're going to fight the unions and I needed a partner to help me do it.

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