Saturday, 9 August 2008

Greedy Corporations and the Politicans they Control

There is an excellent article posted on Alternet.Org written by Joshua Holland. It's entitled: Corporate America Prepares for Battle Against Worker Campaign to Roll Back Assault on the Middle Class.

While it's a bit of a long read, it's definitely worth the effort. It is well written, and clearly illustrates the extremes to which many corporations (and the politicians they control) are prepared to go to deny workers the right to engage in free collective bargaining. It shows what they are prepared to do to deny workers the basic and fundamental right of freedom of association.

If you wonder where the Prime Minister, and the Saskatchewan Premier are taking their marching orders from, read the article. When you're done, you'll have the answer.
".....None of this is by accident. Union-busting has reached a high art form in the United States. Companies no longer need thugs and gun-toting Pinkertons to keep workers from exercising their legal rights to organize; now they have high-priced, Armani-wearing lawyers to do the job.

The tactics are as subtle as they are insidious. A study by Cornell University labor scholar Kate Bronfenbrenner found that: 9 in 10 employers facing a union campaign force employees to attend closed-door meetings to hear anti-union propaganda; 80 percent train supervisors on how to attack unions and require them to deliver anti-union messages to workers they oversee; half of employers threaten to shut down the plant if workers organize; and 3 out of 4 hire outside consultants to run anti-union campaigns, "often based on mass psychology and distorting the law........"

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