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Parent Article: Grand Opening! Workers Fight to Unionize Sexuality Boutique
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thoughts on union bustin'
07 Sep 2004
to "still wondering" (and "dar" wherever she is...)

Regards to union busting, there's three things that have come up in these posts that are classic, modern, anti-union tactics:
1. Stalling. creating a union is exhausting, and refusing to recognize the union drags the process out months longer than it needs to - making it easier to defeat in a place with high turnover

2. Spreading rumors that a union will cause a shop to close down. The workers vote on a contract - why would they vote for one that would make them lose their jobs? this is a common rumor used by anti-union bosses - and one that has shown up a lot on this website..
3. implying that workers are ungrateful when they form a union is also a common anti-union tactic. Should workers, even part-time employees, be grateful for being underpaid? (p.s. dar - most grocery baggers are union!!!)

Let's not confuse the issue -even small stores have a right to organize - if they can't, how will walmart ever go union? very few shops have 100% employee support for the union, the way GO does. And unlike walmart employees, they organized themselves and then went to a union for help. These workers are providing a valuable resource to our community - why shouldn't they ask for more? If they feel they can't get what they need in negotiations, it is their right to form a union, period. Unions, especially UNITE HERE, have a history of easing negotiations when employers are having legitimate economic trouble (ie, hotels post 9/11) but pushing for decent wages and benefits when times are flush. I say, let's keep the women who sell us dildoes and harnesses happy! Go GO women!