Missing a Point of a Story - Bemis Union Edition:

This is how the previous vote was characterized today:

In a 2000 vote, the union was rejected, 386-257, but the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a re-election after determining the company violated the National Labor Relations Act by trying to influence employees with announcements of changes and pending changes to their retirement pension plans.

And this is how is was last week:

Workers rejected organizing, 386-257, in a July 2000 vote, but an administrative law judge set aside the vote after determining company managers violated the National Labor Relations Act by promising pension program increases if the union effort failed, according to a February 2005 decision of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

The difference? The second paragraph gives people a reason to vote for the union. Look at what happened. Just the threat of representation increased benefits for the workers.

I think this goes back to an organic bias of the media that I have mentioned before.

Eric Alterman:

Alterman also contended that, even if television pundits or politicians were not overtly liberally biased, the structure of media in general allows for much more coverage of conservative interests.

“Everyday I read the Business Section of the New York Times. Not the Labor Section, not the Environment Section,” Alterman said, referring to two nonexistent sections. “These are conservative assumptions.”


Anonymous said...

Why would you trust a company that is willing to give you a pension just because a union is threatening to organize. That would certainly be a red flag to me.

The company giveth, and the company taketh away. Just ask some of the workers who have lost what they thought would be a sure thing pension. At least if you belong to a union, there will be someone to help fight with you to keep it when the company starts feeling it in the bottom line, you won't be out there by yourself when the leave you high and dry.

Anonymous said...

Like who, the Teamsters, a real forthright union organization

Anonymous said...

Talk to some UAW retirees from Rockwell/Axletech/et al. If it wasn't for their union fighting to keep their health insurance, they'd be high and dry right now.

Anonymous said...

Unions, the cash cow for the Democratic Party.