THE LAW. The 1935 National Labor Relations Act gives employees the right to organize, bargain collectively and strike. In the 1940s, Congress tried to correct union abuses of power by passing the Taft-Hartley Act, which made it illegal for unions to:
- Force employees to join the union.
- Force employers to discriminate against nonunion employees.
- Refuse to bargain collectively with an employer.
- Charge excessive or discriminatory fees or dues.
WHAT'S NEW. This past summer, four large dissident labor unions led by the huge Service Employees International Union split away from the powerful AFL-CIO. Those breakaway unions and others formed "Change to Win," a new labor group focused on organizing, rather than political activism. The group aims to reverse the steady drop in union membership.
At first glance, you may think a split in the lab...(register to read more)