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March 07, 2003

The Non-Union Telecom Meltdown

MCI, Global Crossing, JDS Uniphase and the whole slew of telecom companies that melted down in scandal and corporate corruption all had one thing in common.

They were non-union.

As this Dollars and Sense article details, that's no coincidence:

one important part of the telecom tale has yet to be told: the story of unions’ role in securing jobs and severance pay in the face of the sector-wide meltdown. Unionized workers have survived the crisis with fewer scrapes than their nonunion peers. Unionized companies have had fewer scandals, and have been less prone to cut costs by simply axing their workforce. Even employees laid-off from nonunion telecom companies have turned to the AFL-CIO for help, and for good reason.
Look for the union label. It stands not only for better jobs, but less corruption allowed by the corporate management.

Posted by Nathan at March 7, 2003 02:00 PM

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Thanks for the pro-union post.

Posted by: John Isbell at March 7, 2003 10:29 PM

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