Mar 27 2014

Fast food protest group denies its own workers the right to protest

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Workers and organized labor groups took to protesting fast food companies last week in a multi-state effort to build public support for a $15 an hour minimum wage hike.

But a peek into one group’s own labor contract reveals a delicious irony.

The Restaurant Opportunities Center United, which claims the support of 13,000 restaurant workers and with at least 11 affiliates across the country, forbids its own workers from protesting against management.

“It is mutually agreed that there shall be no strikes, lock-outs, sit downs, sit ins, slowdowns, sympathy strikes,­ picketing, stoppage or interruption of work, or direct or indirect interference or interruption of the operations of the Employer during the term of this Agreement,” states a two-year collective-bargaining agreement dated Jan. 4, 2013.

What’s more, ROC employees are represented in the collective-bargaining agreement by the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia. The guild, or labor union, represents seven newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Feb 22 2014

Union Demands Recount at Volkswagon Plant…Apparently They Think Only They Are Allowed to Intimidate Workers.

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Since Unions take over business with intimidations and more often than not, violence, their rejection by Volkswagen employees is interpreted by them as proof that anti-Union forces have been using tactics only the Union is allowed to use.

The United Auto Workers on Friday challenged last week’s close vote by workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that rejected the UAW’s bid to represent them.

In an appeal filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asked the federal labor agency to consider holding another vote at the plant, arguing that “interference by politicians and outside special interest groups” had swayed the election.

The union’s request, known as an objection to the election, could lead to a new election. The NLRB will review the UAW’s objections, a spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.

The appeal cited “a coordinated and widely-publicized coercive campaign” by politicians and outside groups to deprive Volkswagen workers of their right to join a union “free of coercion, intimidation, threats and interference,” The Journal reported.

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Dec 17 2012

Heroes and Zeroes…

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