The undying antipathy of owners toward unions has never made much sense. Financially, unionized workers make more money but so do unionized companies. There's less absenteeism and fewer lawsuits. And it's a lot more peaceful. Non-unionized shops are breeding grounds for discontent, bitchin' and moanin', & the wailing and gnashing of teeth. Threats of reprisal for this or that employer insult are part of the air you breathe. Wouldn't you think they'd be happy if all that negative stuff went away?
The only basis for the level of hatred we see against unions is that some money goes into workers' pockets that would otherwise be going to investors, owners, and executives. But the relatively small amount (owners do well no matter what) is out of all proportion to the depth of loathing we see from, say, the Chamber of Commerce. The USCofC is prepared to spend $10Mil to defeat EFCA because Obama's new Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, is in favor of it.
It is labor's biggest priority for the new administration: changing federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize -- and win contracts with their employers.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has vowed to spend $10 million to defeat the bill.
Obama's selection of union-friendly Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-El Monte) as Labor secretary is seen as good news for the bill's advocates. She has called it "vital legislation."
Labor leaders say elections hurt unionization efforts because employers use the time leading up to the vote to harass, fire and threaten workers.
That's the problem, of course. EFCA allows workers to sign a card in secret before the employer can marshall his forces to scare the bejesus out of employees and intimidate them into voting against unionizing even when they want a union. And to the employer, make no mistake about it, keeping a union out is tantamount to fighting a war. They have convinced themselves that the company will disintegrate if the employees are union, that they are therefore fighting for their very lives. The fact that that has almost never been true and that to the contrary unionized shops tend to make more money than "right-to-work" shops isn't part of their worldview. They neither recognize it no acknowledge it.
This week I'm going to start highlighting the arguments corporate executives and managers will be using against EFCA straight from the horse's mouth: a company that specializes in helping companies keep unions out put me on their mailing list and I've been getting helpful anti-union hints for several weeks. It's been an...education.