DON'T GO IT ALONE - The U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appeals court decision that reinforces non-union employees' rights to request that a co-worker accompany them to management interviews that might result in disciplinary action. These are called 'Weingarten' rights, after a 1975 Supreme Court decision that authorized employees to have a union representative present during such interviews. Extending this right can help workers deal with management efforts to ward off organizing campaigns by the use of intimidation.
Quote of the day: "For a worker to refuse to
belong to a union is not to exercise a democratic freedom. It is to
accept benefits that others have worked for without contributing to the
costs. Democracy flourishes only when freedom is accompanied by
responsibility." (Australian Bank Employees Union).