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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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Ehrsam particularly questioned the company's strategy of union-busting in Central America.
Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary, said, 'A minority of employers are determined not to give employees the right to choose recognition and are increasingly turning to union-busting consultants.
Lopez, who lives in Sherman Oaks, says he has worked for people like the character he portrays in the film - a union-busting creep who verbally abuses his staff.
The Washington Post under Katharine Graham pioneered the union-busting, `re-placement-worker' strategy that Ronald Reagan subsequently used against the air-traffic controllers," he says.
You had [National Association of Broadcast Engineers and Technicians] losing to NBC, PATCO losing to Reagan, and Frank Lorenzo union-busting at Eastern," says Jim Sadwith, an Emmy-nominated television writer, "a string of very public union conflicts won by management.
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.
The court ordered Novelis to immediately stop engaging in its illegal union-busting activities, such as threatening workers with termination, plant closure or other forms of retaliation for supporting the United Steelworkers (USW).
As a barrister in the 60s, he was a member of the Inns of Court Conservative Association, and a key author of a pamphlet, A Giant's Strength, the blueprint for Heath's 1971 union-busting Industrial Relations Act.
The issue in VICA's opposition to Senate Bill 1101 - or its new version, SB 372 - is not, as Broad states, ``about union-busting and private greed.
There's everything from the odious successes of a union-busting law firm (Littler, Mendelson, Fastiff, Tichy & Mathiason, San Francisco), to rapacious ripoffs in the putative cleanup of the savings-and-loan debacle (Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Cleveland; Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York; Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, New York; Troutman Sanders, Atlanta; Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Pittsburgh; and Sidley & Austin, Chicago).
A little anti-democratic union-busting now, the reasoning goes, will avoid great carnage later.
The current election procedures are inherently undemocratic, and actually encourage union-busting voter-suppression campaigns.

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