Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Friday, January 13, 2012

Striking Back against Picket Line Retaliation

Verizon fired 40 union members in December for picket-line activity. Aren’t members protected in legally sanctioned strikes?

Not always. The courts and the NLRB have given employers the ability to discipline workers for “picket line misconduct” or “egregious misconduct.”

They define misconduct as assaults, property destruction, and extensive blocking of non-strikers, including strikebreakers.

That's right, strikers cannot legally impede the efforts of strike-breakers.