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Video: What really goes on in union organizing campaigns

Cross-posted from www.FixOurJosb.org:

Were you ever bullied at school? Ever get your lunch money stolen? I bet you thought that behavior would stop once you grew up.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case when you’re a worker trying to form a union. Here’s a statistic that’ll get your blood boiling: 78 percent of workers are forced to attend closed-door meetings with management during union organizing drives. And how much can employers be fined by the National Labor Relations Board for illegally threatening, intimidating, or firing their workers? A whopping zero dollars and zero cents.

Watch this video from the IBEW (featuring actors from the acclaimed HBO series The Wire), showing exactly how such a closed-door meeting might go:

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Anti-Union Groups Spending Millions Against Employee Free Choice Act

Right-wing anti-union groups are pouring tens of millions of dollars into an effort to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act.  Front groups plan to spend upwards of $120 million on misleading advertising against pro-worker Congressional candidates in the 2008 elections.

According to reports, several anti-union front groups plan to collectively spend almost $100 million in the next year against the bill and those who support it. The breakdown is as follows (from the National Journal):

Sheldon Adelson—a major right-wing billionaire and fundraiser—recentlycalled the Employee Free Choice Act “one of the fundamental threats to society“—the other being “radical Islam.” Adelson is vehemently anti-union, and put up $30 million of his own money into Freedom’s Watch, a conservative advocacy group, as part of an effort take on Congressional candidates in 2008.

But the Employee Free Choice Act just isn’t a cause for anti-union entities to spend money. Republican Senate leadership is trying to use the bill to drum up major contributions: “It’s our No. 1 issue to raise money on,” said Senator John Ensign (R-NV), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.