At a recent educational conference of the Machinists union (IAM), I asked several groups of local officers and staff how many of their locals were involved in “employee involvement” (EI) or “labor-management cooperation”
(LMC) programs. An overwhelming majority said they were.
This is remarkable because the IAM is one of the few unions that has had a clear, well thought-out position on these kinds of programs. Its position is to avoid them because even when not management scams they undermine the basic principles of unionism, blurring the “us vs. them” mentality that is essential to vigorous, militant unionism. It is a position that the recently retired Machinist President William Winpisinger articulated forcefully for nearly two decades....
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