A man came up to me and handed me a [union] business card..... and says, 'You've got until April 27 to talk to us about how we can improve your business.'Munsch and his guys weren't interested. Then the deadline hit:
We're working at a shopping mall. All of a sudden, six guys jump out. They start videotaping our equipment, videotaping our men, videotaping their cars and their license plates.... They blew up a 25-foot inflatable rat, our name plastered on its chest, blood coming out of its mouth....What else?
[They would] show up to our equipment yard, follow our trucks to the job. They'd put up pickets. They'd try to embarrass us in front of our customers. And the hope would be that our customers would stop using us and we'd be forced to sign an agreement with the union. Almost everything they do makes the skin crawl of anybody who hears this story. And yet everything they do is legal.This account isn't entirely accurate, says Brandon Flinn, business manager and secretary-treasurer of the Local 42. He tells Daily RFT that, first of all, if Munsch went union he'd only deal with only two of them, not three (the Teamsters would not be involved).
portrays us as bullies, yet the responsibility of a union is to protect the area standards which are set by signatory contractors. They provide wages, healthcare, training and pensions for the workers and/or members. When we have a contractor that does not provide that, it's our responsibility as a union to notify the public of that fact.He concludes the same way Munsch did: "We're perfectly within our rights to do that." The big difference is: For the union, that's a point of pride. For Munsch, it's a shame.
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