Thursday, June 23, 2011

Confessions of a Union Buster

We're sharing a video that came to our attention via Scott Squires' forward of a message he found on Twitter.

The video is produced by the Association of Flight Attendants who are attempting to organize the flight attendants at Delta Air Lines. The website listed at the end of the video is the information site dedicated to their drive.

The video is a portion of a lecture given by former Union Busting attorney Martin J. Levitt to promote his book Confessions of a Union Buster. He openly discusses the tactics that companies and union-busting law firms will use in their attempts to keep employees from forming unions in the workplace.

The IATSE and TAG have been subjected to these tactics, even recently (the attempt to organize employees at the Glendale Technicolor facility faced opposition from a notorious union busting law firm). We're happy to share this information with you to show what lengths unscrupulous folk will go to to keep their "control" of the workplace.


TotalD said...

YOu should post this up front n the blog.

Anonymous said...

Watching that video reminds me of when I was at Sony and SPA had just gone union, and there was an upcoming vote at Imageworks. Many of the artistic supervisors were aggressively and openly anti-union. On two different occasions supervisors openly asked me how I was going to vote, and I knew the answer I needed to give if I was going to keep my job. Of course, I could have told them one thing, and voted the other, but I was never 100% sure that there wouldn't be some way they could find out.

The supervisors were also good at spreading disinformation. I was a former union member, and even though I only had a so-so understanding of the union rules, it was obvious they were either lying or aggressively misrepresenting how the union actually worked.

It was frightening, and I just wanted the whole process over with. I knew we'd be better off going union, but justified to myself that a no vote was the right thing. Seeing that video just gave me a lot of unpleasant flashbacks, and I regret caving in like I did.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first commenter. Put this video above the fold--do NOT bury your lede.

Messaging, folks, messaging! The union-busters sure as hell wouldn't bury their lede, and neither should you.

Steven Kaplan said...

Message received and post changed. Thank you for the suggestions.

Anonymous said...

Go ahead and unionize VFX workers of LA! It'll just hasten the demise of the industry and send more work to those of us in right-to-work states (or overseas).

I'm probably double the age of most VFX workers and have lived through watching a local union destroy an entire industry over the smallest issues. Now, the company has moved all of its work overseas and nobody has a job. Great job unions! They had strike after strike over issues that really didn't matter and ended up killing thousands upon thousands of American jobs.

Unions are an antiquated idea and are absolutely not going to solve anything. This isn't the industrial revolution, so why are you applying these antique concepts to a modern issue?

If you really want to know what unions can accomplish. Move to Detroit.

Anonymous said...

It's odd, Mr. anti-union, that unionization hasn't hurt animation at all.

You don't mention which industry unions supposedly hurt in your right-to-work state (which already doesn't make much sense). I'm guessing there was a lot more to that story than you're telling us. Was it really just the unions? Or also a lot of stupid decisions by management?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever done a study to look at the failure rate of businesses that are unionized versus those that are not? I have the suspicion that the failure rates are fairly even. Of course, if a union is present, then it gives management a ready excuse for the failure.

On the other hand, in animation, the failure rate of non-union studios seems higher. There's a long list of studios that set up in right-to-work states or overseas and then plowed through a bunch of money and went belly up.

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