Union movement rebranded

I grew up in a union family, as did many of my friends. During contract time I remember the topics being discussed were regarding safety issues in the workplace environment, seniority, benefits and wage disparities. Today, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the majority of all new union members are 35 or…

Union Home Visits by Keith Peraino

“While organizing in the Rocky Mountains for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Richard Bensinger developed a technique called “The Blitz,” a fast paced, pre- petition organizing strategy that gives the union the jump on the company. It calls for “front loading the organizing campaign by using volunteer organizers on a large scale to…

Employees rate their leaders

Employees should be regularly surveyed about their managers with specific questions. The questions fall into three general categories: nurturing growth in others, operating excellence, and emotional intelligence, all intended to discern the strength of a manager. Here are some questions in which employees rate their leaders: “I would recommend my manager to others”: If the employee…

Union Presence Decreases Job Flexibility

In the National Labor Relations Act, “…once a collective-bargaining representative has been designated or selected by its employees, it is illegal for an employer to bargain with individual employees, with a group of employees, or with another employee representative.” Without union presence, you negotiate with your employer everyday (You are your own voice).  The self…