Union Boss Resists Unionization By His Employees

by Michael Haberman on April 20, 2011 · 2 comments


One of my posts which is quite often looked at is one on unions I did back in June of 2009. It is entitled Why Unions are Bad for Companies, Employees and Customers. In this post I quote a Hertiage Foundation study on the effects of unions. Some of the results from What Unions Do: How Labor Unions Affect Jobs and the Economy show the detrimental effect unionization has on wages, competitiveness, productivity and job availability.

Well apparently union bosses realize that unions are not good business. If they didn’t why would they resist their union offices being unionized? And resisting is exactly what some of them are doing. Witness this headline: Union Leader Accused of Firing Employee for Organizing Union Staff. Yes, you read that correctly. According to the article

David Highnote, the former Assistant Director of Communications of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on April 12, 2011, alleging that the ATU first threatened and then fired him for organizing the professional staff at the AFL-CIO affiliated union.  His charge also requested expedited review as a “discharge organizing campaign” matter. NLRB Case 5-CA-36561

The article goes on to state:

“Only two weeks after Highnote signed his union card and started an organizing campaign, a senior advisor to Hanley allegedly threatened, “I only want to say this once.  Larry (Hanley) is sensitive to all of the things going on in and outside of the office.  If we find out that you are discussing workplace conditions with co-workers or anyone else, then one strike and you’re out.” Other senior Hanley advisors are also alleged to have harassed and attempted to deter him from organizing, but he continued to work to form an in-house union to represent the professional staff as a bargaining unit of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild.”

So one is to conclude that unions are good for companies but are not good for the union’s own employees? It has long been my contention that modern unions are not in existence for the good of employees. They are in the business of organizing employees for the money that can be made in that process. They run it like a business and apparently realize that unionization is not good for their business so they resist it. They do not want their productivity reduced by “union rules”. They do not want the costs associated with having a union in place. And they use the same tactics that they accuse businesses of in resisting unionization.

Thanks to Peter List of the LaborUnionReport.com for the post inspiration.

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DG April 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

There are some truly awful managers in every field, but citing as fact a paid press release from a labor law firm? Srsly?

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Darris November 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

You can’t reasonably base your opinion of unions or your opinion of unions’ opinion of themselves on the actions of a single union boss. That’s silly.

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