These Questions and Answers were distributed to Employees by NCR during the election that took place in California. NCR claimed they were providing – “The Facts about Unions”
I must give credit, where credit is do. I assure you, this information was written by some of the very highest paid spin doctors out there. They are brilliant in fact, and very, very good at playing word games like this.
Allow me show you what I mean. Only my comments will be a color other than black so you can tell what they wrote and what I wrote. Okay?
NCR’s Form Said…
Question #1: If a union somehow gets in and I decide I don’t like it, can union members vote a union out?
The Answer they gave was: “Be careful. There are several reasons why it’s almost impossible to get rid of a union: If a union comes in and negotiates a contract with NCR on your behalf, you could not get rid of the union for the term of the contract, usually 2-3 years, no matter how unhappy you are.
My turn: Okay, I will admit…. as written above, I can not say it is false.
But WAIT. HOLD ON! ! Look closer:
First- Stop to consider what it really is saying. It is actually saying that it’s not impossible to get rid of a union, because it’s actually the same procedure you use to vote a Union in (minus the employer fighting you on it). So it would actually be easier. (You Sign cards, File with NLRB , Hold an Election, and Need 50% +1.)
Second– If you WIN your election, and a contract is negotiated on your behalf, you will then review it, and vote again to accept or reject the contract.
It’s either Yes or No.
So, as long as you don’t vote Yes on a contract that makes you unhappy, it’s safe to assume you only voted yes, because you were happy with the terms.
Don’t you want the terms of the contract to be legal, binding, and enforceable? Otherwise what’s the point of the signed contract?
Just as you would be bound for the length of the contract, SO WOULD NCR!
AND THAT MEANS NCR CAN NOT REDUCE, CHANGE, OR CANCEL, Your PAY RATE, RAISES, OR BENEFITS DURING THE CONTRACT LENGTH.
This is the democratic process, where you get a voice, and that vote still matters. It’s what having a union is all about.
You keep the power to Accept or Reject the contract.
I hope this helped to straighten out this mess….
I told you they were sneaky, didn’t I?