Thursday, January 12, 2012

In These Times, January 10, 2012, Tuesday

In These Times

January 10, 2012, Tuesday

In These Times (full article)

With Romney’s Backing, New Hampshire GOP Pushes Right to Work Again

“It’s a myth that Right to Work stops organizing,” says Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of Labor Education Research at Cornell's ILR School. “But it does hurt unions.” Once “Right to Work” creates an option to pay nothing for union representation, Bronfenbrenner says managers often employ many of the same illegal tactics they’d use during an organizing campaign – threats, bribes, interrogations – to convince workers to choose that option. Once the number of dues-payers drops to a minority, a public- or private-sector employer has a pretext to force a new election or announce it’s withdrawing union recognition.