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June 17, 2005

Speaking of Innovative Organizing

Since UNITE-HERE got a little dissed in one of the threads, I thought this agreement with the Angelica laundering and uniform company was worth highlighting.

Along with an agreement for the two-thirds of Angelica's facilities where the union already is recognized, the agreement guarantees simpler procedures for organizing its non-union facilities:

Two policies will govern those elections.

In right-to-work states, workers are able to say individually whether they want union representation. In those states, Angelica agreed to card-check recognition.

In remaining states, Unite Here will organize future Angelica facilities with private, non-NLRB supervised elections.

This is an interesting twist; since union recognition in "right to work" states never leads to anyone being required to join a union, conservative complaints about card check agreements denying people a vote don't make any sense -- to the extent they make sense even in union shop states where everyone gets to vote on union leadership and contracts in any case.

In that sense, it raises the question why any employers in right-to-work states have anti-union employees having the right to vote against other workers unionizing?

Posted by Nathan at June 17, 2005 01:19 PM