Monday, January 23, 2012
More Lockouts As Companies Battle Unions is an interesting New York Times article by Steven Greenhouse. It is about increased use of offensive lockouts by employers who then turn around and hire temporary replacement workers. As the article states:
The number of strikes has declined to just one-sixth the annual level of two decades ago. That is largely because labor unions’ ranks have declined and because many workers worry that if they strike they will lose pay and might also lose their jobs to permanent replacement workers.
Lockouts, on the other hand, have grown to represent a record percentage of the nation’s work stoppages, according to Bloomberg BNA, a Bloomberg subsidiary that provides information to lawyers and labor relations experts. Last year, at least 17 employers imposed lockouts, telling their workers not to show up until they were willing to accept management’s contract offer.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein