» What is union-busting?
Union-busting occurs when employers attempt
to prevent employees from organizing or maintaining
a union, using legal and illegal means. See "Facts
and Frequently Asked Questions about Unionbusting"
Rights At Work.
» How common is union-busting?
Very common. A worker is fired or penalized
for supporting a union every 23 minutes in the United
States (based on National Labor Relations Board's Annual
Report 1993-2003). When 75 percent of employers face
union organizing efforts, they hire anti-union consultants
to help stop the union (based on this
report for the US Trade Deficit Review Commission).
» Does union-busting happen at universities
Absolutely yes. Here's just one example: When workers
began organizing at the University of Miami in 2005,
UM administrators allowed the contractor UNICCO to place
magnets advertising UNICCO's anti-union website on the
vans and trucks that workers operated around the campus.
» Examples of union-busting "consultants":
Burke Group - Offers "Union Free strategies
& trainings." Read a report on the Burke Group's
Consultants - Advertises, "We've been keeping
companies union free for over 30 years."
Industrial Services - Provides scab workers to replace