And I think he's serious:
Family unfriendly: American workers are too intimidated to join unionsNow keep in mind, the vote to organize, at least until today, is kept strictly confidential.
By Rick Wilson, writing in the Charleston (WV) Gazette
Something strange is happening in the American workplace. The percentage of U.S. workers who belong to unions declined from 12.5 percent to 12 percent last year.
The weird part is that polling data from samples conducted in December 2006 by Peter D. Hart Research Associates indicated that 60 million U.S. workers would join a union if they could.
So what’s keeping people from joining? In a few words, the answer is intimidation, retaliation and threats. (link)
Note that one little clause; "... by signing cards authorizing the union to represent them." That means the secret ballot would be tossed out in favor of a system whereby a gang of the biggest, most brutish union organizers would hand a poor schmuck a card (a ballot) and a pencil and would "counsel" the frightened worker into voting the proper way. Or have his ass handed to him.
There is a remedy now being considered by Congress. The Employee Free Choice Act, which has about 230 co-sponsors from both parties in the House, would establish stronger penalties for companies that violate workers’ rights when they seek to organize, provide mediation and arbitration for first-contract disputes, and allow employees to join unions by signing cards authorizing the union to represent them.
Many religious traditions support the right of workers to ...
Yeah. That's a lot less intimidating.
And it's soon to be the lawful method of union organizing in a shop near you.