Big Business doesn’t belong at the ballot box

The 2010 midterms were not the only election this week. At Delta and Piedmont Airlines, flight attendants took a vote on union representation in their workplaces.

First, the bad news. By a very slim margin, flight attendants at Delta voted against forming a union. Wednesday’s outcome affects 21,000 employees total and, due to the recent Delta-Northwest merger, means that already-unionized Northwest flight attendants will lose the collective bargaining agreement they’ve maintained for over six decades.

As usual, it looks like the loss can be chalked up to a vicious anti-union campaign waged by the company in the lead up to the election. The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) claims that Delta spent millions to influence its employees, and is poised to file charges with the National Mediation Board.

Now for the good news. Despite the best efforts of notorious anti-union consultant Labor Relations Institute, 3,000 flight attendants at Piedmont, a subsidiary of US Airways, voted 2-1 in favor of joining a union. Now they’ll have the ability to bargain for a better life, and a voice on the job.

Considering what they were up against, that’s pretty impressive. And when it comes to anti-union spending, Piedmont is by no means the exception. 75 percent of employers hire expensive anti-union consultants, paying them up to $3,700 per employee to influence their workers’ decisions.

So it looks like there’s at least one thing all three elections have in common: big spending from Big Business at the ballot box.

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This entry was posted on Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 4:09 pm and is filed under Anti-Union Network, General. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One Response to “Big Business doesn’t belong at the ballot box”

  1. I remember working for Borders in 1997 when they pulled out the anti-union videos and speeches. They wasted plenty of money on anti-union consulting firms, and while most of the stores are still not unionized, the company is falling apart. So much for anti-union spending ensuring profitability.

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