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Company Interference


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Company Interference

  1. 1. CompanyInterference Bob Kravesformer IAM Educator
  2. 2. The Rumor MillThe bosses will tryto “rev up the rumormill” rather thanmake incriminatingstatements directlyto employees.
  3. 3. Contact the Union If the bosses do any of the following, it is a violation of law and you should get in touch with an IAM representative as soon as possible.
  4. 4. Examples of Employer Violations• Use work assignments to discriminate against union supporters.• Say unionization will take away vacations, bonuses, pensions, insuranc e, profit sharing, or any other benefits and privileges presently enjoyed. This is the “start from zero” threat.
  5. 5. Examples of Employer ViolationsPark across the street froma union meeting to seewhich employees areattending, or engage in anyundercover activity thatwould indicate theemployees are being keptunder surveillance todetermine who areparticipating in an IAMprogram.
  6. 6. Examples of Employer Violations• Grant employees wage increases or special concessions in order to persuade employees against being represented by the IAM.• Bar employees from soliciting for the IAM (asking for support and/or membership) during non-working hours.
  7. 7. Examples of Employer Violations Tell the workers the employer will fire or punish them if they engage in IAM activity.
  8. 8. Examples of Employer Violations• Give financial support or other assistance to employees, regardless of whether or not they are supporting or opposing the IAM.• Announce that the employer will not negotiate with the IAM.• Transfer employees based on their IAM affiliation or activity.
  9. 9. Examples of Employer ViolationsThreaten employeeswith economicreprisal forparticipating in IAMactivities. Forexample, threatento curtail operationsor reduce employeebenefits.
  10. 10. Examples of Employer Violations• Make anti-union statements or actions that might show preference for a non- union person.• Select employees for lay off to discourage support for the IAM.• Promise employees a reward or a future benefit if they vote “No.”
  11. 11. Examples of Employer ViolationsPromise benefits toemployees if theyreject the IAM.
  12. 12. Examples of Employer Violations• Discipline IAM supporters for a particular action and permit non-union employees to go unpunished for the same action.• Purposely team up non-union employees and keep them apart from those the employer may think support the IAM.
  13. 13. Examples of Employer Violations Make distinctions between union and non-union employees when assigning overtime or desirable work.
  14. 14. Examples of Employer Violations• Take actions that adversely affect an employee’s job or any pay rate because of IAM activity.• Threaten the employees or coerce them in an attempt to influence their vote.• Discriminate against IAM supporters when disciplining employees.
  15. 15. Examples of Employer ViolationsEngage inarguments toprovoke a physicalconfrontation withan employeeabout the union.
  16. 16. Examples of Employer Violations• Threaten a union member or supporter through a third party.• Deviate from policy to get rid of an IAM supporter or member.• Say unionization will cause employees to be laid off or fired.
  17. 17. Examples of Employer ViolationsTell employeesovertime work andpremium pay will bediscontinued if theychoose IAMrepresentation.
  18. 18. Examples of Employer Violations• Visit the home of employees to urge them to reject the IAM.• Ask employees what they think about the IAM or an IAM representative.• Ask employees how they intend to vote.
  19. 19. What to DoThis list is not all-inclusive. If you feel thebosses are doing something that just doesnot seem right to you, get in touch with anIAM representative as soon as possible.Explain the circumstances and be as specificas possible. Keep in mind thewho, what, where and when of the situation.The more details you can relate, the better.