A majority of janitors and other contract workers at the University of Miami decided to join the Service Employees International Union, the organization announced Thursday, capping a battle with their private employer that included a walkout and hunger strike by some employees.
More than 60 percent of the 425 workers with Unicco Service Co. favored joining the union, organizers said. The results were certified by the American Arbitration Association.
“We are invisible no more. It is an incredible feeling to finally have a voice and the strength to improve our lives,” said Maritza Paz, a janitor.
Unicco spokesman Doug Bailey said the two sides will now begin collective bargaining.
–AP via bradenton.com.
I still think it’s quite revealing that pretty much everybody agrees that it’s easier for a union to get 60% in an election where the ballots are not secret, and people are thus subject to individual retaliation based on their choice of how to vote, than to get 50% on a secret ballot, where they can vote WITHOUT fear of individualized retaliation.
It says a lot about who REALLY relies on intimidation.
And I think that reaction reveals something about the commentator. Might I suggest you begin your education by reading about the Smithfield litigation?
And then you wonder why workers mistrust the slow, unreliable, easily manipulated,NLRB election system?
And then there’s the fact that there is actual evidence that employers intimidate workers during NLRB elections, of the kind given by Michael concerning the Smithfield case. Does Brett Bellmore actually have any evidence of intimidation that is comparable?
I’m certain that some workers somewhere have tried to intimidate someone. It’s a big country; it must happen. But I’m also certain that as a general matter it is far less threatening than the things employers frequently threaten: being fired, losing chances for overtime or promotion, getting awful assignments, or having modern Pinkertons set on you. And even when acting legally, employers have a huge range of intimidating tactics available, and union-busing law firms are all too glad to recommend them.
There seems to be very deep planning going on here. SEUI should have a strategy of supplanting the NRLB ballot with the open petition style as that favors their expansion. Any discussion of why this bias exists seems to stop at the question of intimitation, on one side or the other. There are other plausible factors other than intimidation. A person might be more apt to risk if they knew that risk would be publically noted.