Thursday, May 11, 2006

Union Facts


In 2004 American unions faced a total of 6,917 allegations of wrongdoing and more than 80 percent of those charges alleged illegal restraint and coercion of employees.

That’s just one item gleaned from a great site called unionfacts.com, which is the project of an American group called The Center for Union Facts.

The Center gathers a wealth of information about the size, scope, political activities, and criminal activity of the labor movement in the United States of America and then publicizes them through the internet and through some great ad campaigns.

It also provides information for workers so they understand their rights when it comes to American labour laws.

The Center says it has 12.5 million facts union officials want to keep secret.

I wonder how many secrets Canadian union bosses have.

3 comments:

Miles Lunn said...

I feel that some unions have become a little too militant and powerful. Certainly unions at one time during the industrial age were necessary when we had 14 hour work days, child labour, and slave wages. But those days are long gone, in today's economy they seem less relevant. Off course I still support the right to unionize, however I would likely vote against certification if where I worked tried to unionize.

Jeff said...

Miles, I agree with your sentiments. I would boil it down to say that, like a lot of things these days, the pendulum has swung too far and the things that were supposed to help are now the things that are hurting.

Anonymous said...

Teachers Unions are a world unto themselves.