Decline and Fall: Union Election Trends and the Failing NLRB Strategy

From LBO News from Doug Henwood
Note: 1957 and 1962 includes the win rate for both RC and RM (management instigated) elections because I did not see the NLRB break these out separately. RM elections accounted for less than 5% and 6% of the total for those years, so this not a huge deal.
Note: 1957 and 1962 include Organized Workers for both RC and RM (management instigated) elections because I did not see the NLRB break these out separately. RM elections accounted for less than 5% and 6% of the total for these years, so this is not a huge deal. In 2012 and 2017 I estimated Organized Workers at about 47,000 and 49,000 based on election wins and estimated average unit size, as I did not find these numbers cited by the NLRB for those years.

In the NLRB election process in which it is standard practice for workers to be subjected to threats, interrogation, harassment, surveillance, and retaliation for union activity. According to our updated findings, employers threatened to close the plant in 57% of elections, discharged workers in 34%, and threatened to cut wages and benefits in 47% of elections. Workers were forced to attend anti-union one-on-one sessions with a supervisor at least weekly in two-thirds of elections. In 63% of elections employers used supervisor one-on-one meetings to interrogate workers about who they or other workers supported, and in 54% used such sessions to threaten workers.

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Eric Dirnbach

Eric Dirnbach

Labor Movement Researcher, Activist, Campaigner, Organizer, Educator, Writer & Socialist, based in New York City. @EricDirnbach