Streamlining union certification process will reduce worker harassment, says study

June 28, 2011, Cornell University

Federal regulators need to streamline the process for unionization. By the time a petition for collective bargaining representation is filed, serious anti-union intimidation is in full swing, according to a new study by researchers at Cornell and Columbia universities.

The study supports a long-term effort by the National Relations Board to shorten the time between filing a petition for unionization and the date when employees vote.

"The Empirical Case for Streamlining the NLRB Certification Process: The Role of Date of Unfair Labor Practice Occurrence" concludes that streamlining the union certification process will reduce employee harassment, interrogation, threats and retaliation via anti-union employer campaigns.

The study was conducted by Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of the Office of Labor Education Research at the ILR School, and Dorian Warren, assistant professor at Columbia University's Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs. Bronfenbrenner and Warren found that 47 percent of serious unfair labor practice violations occur before a petition is filed.

Timing matters because "employer opposition continues unabated from the first moment the union campaign goes above ground, day after day and week after week leading up to the election, and does not stop until the union has either lost the election or won a first contract," the authors write.

"This cumulative effect of constant, pervasive and intense violations by employers undermines workers' rights under the current lengthy NLRB election process," Bronfenbrenner said.

The study is published by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University.

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1 / 5 (3) Jun 28, 2011
Teaching unions and teaching unionization have closed the positive feedback loop. It is good to be old. Good people ought to be armed as they will, with wits and Guns and the Truth. A is A
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 28, 2011
A = A is the most disingenuous BS ever put on paper. How can you buy that crap?

Ayn Rand in a nutshell:
"[A bunch of shit not based in reality]. A = A, see! It all makes sense!"

It makes about as much sense as the Chewbacca defense. However, it's effective I guess.
1.8 / 5 (5) Jun 28, 2011
A advertisement for unionization masquerading as a scientific study.

Surprise, surprise.
1 / 5 (4) Jun 28, 2011
Popper was motivated to his concept of falsification by Marxism. Marxists tried to use science to justify their policies but continued to fail.
Marxists still have not stopped trying to use science to justify socialism as we see everyday on physorg.
not rated yet Jun 29, 2011
Unionization is one of the criteria enabling us to see the difference between prospering and decaying societies.
A society where 1 percent of the population is prospering but 90 percent are suffering is in a special (parasitical) decay mode.
not rated yet Jun 29, 2011
Even if you, for some reason, find that the study noted in the article is false.

Why NOT shorten the time between petition for unionization and the date when employees vote? Is there reasoning behind it aside from attempting to discourage something that people have a right to do?

3 / 5 (2) Jun 29, 2011
It is the unions that harass workers to join.
Unionization is one of the criteria enabling us to see the difference between prospering and decaying societies.

Yep. States with forced union membership are decaying and right to work states are prospering.
The unions know this and are using govt coercion to keep people in SC from having great jobs building new airplanes for Boeing.

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