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VIDEO: Union-Busters Instruct "Progressive" Companies to Fight Unions

In March 2022, Foley & Lardner LLP uploaded a presentation to YouTube which was, in part, about how unions are "going after" progressive companies. According to Michael Ryan, one of the speakers, unions are doing this by using social media to spotlight the "progressive" companies fighting unionization and highlighting how this is contradictory to their values and themes. "That's not necessarily true," Ryan says.

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  • VIDEO: Union-Busters Instruct "Progressive" Companies to Fight Unions

    In March 2022, Foley & Lardner LLP uploaded a presentation to YouTube which was, in part, about how unions are "going after" progressive companies. According to Michael Ryan, one of the speakers, unions are doing this by using social media to spotlight the "progressive" companies fighting unionization and highlighting how this is contradictory to their values and themes. "That's not necessarily true," Ryan says.

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  • BREAKING: Pfizer has hired an army of union-busters

    According to Department of Labor filings reviewed by LaborLab, Pfizer has hired Labor Relation Institute (LRI) Consulting to "persuade" workers against forming a union. Only certain activities must be reported to the Department of Labor, so it's likely Pfizer is conducting captive audience meetings. A captive audience meeting is a mandatory meeting where workers are interrogated and subjected to threats, lies, and anti-union propaganda.

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  • Ask this before you start celebrating these corporations

    Many megacorporations are receiving attention for covering travel costs associated with an employee's abortion. However, not many people are asking if these same megacorporations also offer paid parental leave, paid sick leave, and full family health insurance to all employees.

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  • Join LaborLab's Rapid Response Team

    Join LaborLab's Rapid Response Team. You will be notified when employers hire union-busters in your area and about how you can help bring attention to the violation of the rights of workers in your community.

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  • The CEO of No Evil Foods now says they "just didn't know" they were union busting

    The CEO of No Evil Foods is now making the remarkable claim that NEF "just didn't know" they were union busting. In a June 2022 interview, Sadrah Schadel, co-founder and CEO, told the Evolve CPG podcast:

    "We held meetings from our perspective to educate and share the pros and cons of what unionization might mean for our company at this stage of our growth. Later we learned that's termed 'union busting' and it's really frowned upon but we just didn't know. It's kinda crazy to look back on now."

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  • What is a captive audience meeting?

    A captive audience meeting is a mandatory meeting where workers are interrogated and subjected to threats, lies, and anti-union propaganda. According to one study, the chance of employees winning a union drops a whopping 36% when employers conduct captive audience meetings. 

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  • St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho is Union-Busting

    St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho has hired three union-busters to conduct captive audience meetings in an effort to prevent workers from organizing with National Nurses United.

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  • Penn Power Group Has Hired Union-Busters

    Penn Power Group, headquartered in Philadelphia, has hired union-busters: Joe Brock, Peter List, and Simon Jara.

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  • Sysco is running an aggressive union-busting campaign in Louisville

    Sysco is running an aggressive union-busting campaign in Louisville, KY. Union-busters Raymond Rosenbach, Timothy Lewis, Alan Ashe, and David Rittof are all working to defeat workers organizing with Teamsters 89. 

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