Union Busting, Past and Present

Union Busting, Past and Present

After fifteen years in the trenches, one union organizer summed up management’s present attitude toward unions with tongue in cheek: “They’re mean to us.” As a description of the past decade, that’s a grand understatement. A great many employers in the United States are determined to use whatever techniques they can not only to prevent union
organization but also to destroy existing unions.

“Mean” hardly does justice to management tactics at Eastern Airlines, Pittston Coal, Greyhound, Phelps Dodge, the New York Daily News, International Paper, and many other industrial battlegrounds. Managers provoked these strikes and then brought in “permanent replacements” to break both the strike and the union.

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