For Texas employers, the long-range forecast shows an unstable union atmosphere over the next several years, with pressure building from health care costs, outsourcing and immigration reform. As the united front of the AFL-CIO and the new Change to Win union blow through the state, damage may be significant.
As Congress and President Bush wrangle over immigration reform, unions are attempting to exploit the immigration issue in targeted industries. Labor leaders have been at the forefront of the immigration debate, arguing that all workers—American or foreign-born—are entitled to a lengthy list of rights. Organizers have made inroads with claims of job security, increased benefits and higher pay.
In workplaces employing large numbers of immigrants, employers walk a tightrope. Nothing illustrated that better than last spring's "Day Without an Immigrant" protests. Many employers closed or gave immigrant workers the day off ...(register to read more)