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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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Bryan Simpson, of Unite, said the union submitted a formal complaint to the UN reporters@sundaymail.co.uk www.sundaymail.co.uk web AND EXPLOITED "following years of poor working practices and trade union avoidance, including at IHG's flagship Blythswood Square, where workers were bullied, overworked and denied the right to have grievances heard collectively".
Like most employers today, Walmart has invested deeply in "union avoidance." As Barbara Ehrenreich memorably documented in her 2001 book Nickel and Dimed, management systematically screens for union supporters in the hiring process, and new employees are required to watch antiunion videos during orientation.
Company officials should work with counsel to ensure union avoidance strategies are adjusted to conform to this standard.
He has extensive experience with the National Labor Relations Act, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Federal and State Courts, State and Federal administrative agency proceedings, collective bargaining, arbitration, mediation, union avoidance, employment litigation, and dispute resolution.
He represents employers in collective bargaining, arbitrations and union avoidance techniques in a myriad of factual settings before the NLRB, National Mediation Board (NMB) and various state public labor relations boards.
The potential for compensatory and punitive damages under civil rights law would likely diminish a potent union avoidance strategy by employers.
In the early '70s, a newly aggressive and politicized Chamber of Commerce, joined by newcomers like the Business Roundtable and a new breed of "union avoidance" consultants, took advantage of divisions on the left and the decline of manufacturing industries to block labor reforms and gut rules against union-busting.
Union avoidance and 'union busting' activities of employers designed to remove union influence from workplaces and thwart efforts to build membership are not a recent phenomenon.
This anti-union sentiment comes from union avoidance: consultants who are collectively paid $3 billion a year to dredge up negative events in union history and spin them as if they are the norm.
Schurgin's personal virtues notwithstanding, his employer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, is among the leaders in what is euphemistically known as the "union avoidance" business.
The notion that higher profit margins attained by organisations to quench the insatiable appetites of their stockholders and the accompanying shift by many employers to a union avoidance labour relationship strategy appears to be lacking.
"Cowen is founder and principal attorney for the Institutional Labor Advisors, which provides 'union avoidance' advice for its primarily coal-mining clients."

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