Friday, July 6, 2007

LAT Pressmens' secret ballot election

We should have reported in our last post that employees in the LAT pressroom elected union representation (Teamsters) in a secret ballot vote in early January in spite of Corporate anti-union pressure.

Corporate has forced delays in meeting with the pressroom employees to start bargaining for a contract by gaming the system – the same system that is charged with protecting the WORKERS' rights.

Under the Employee Free Choice Act the employees and Corporate would have begun bargaining long ago. No contract could take place without a majority of voters approval. If the workers think it is in their interest, they will vote to accept. If not, they will reject it.

What can possibly be more democratic then letting a representative group of members negotiate with the owners?

2 comments:

Al Albanes said...

For more information on what is going on at the LA Times after the election, please visit us and drop us a line at www.saveourtrade.com Official LATimes union site.

Anonymous said...

"We should have reported in our last post that employees in the LAT pressroom elected union representation (Teamsters) in a secret ballot vote in early January in spite of Corporate anti-union pressure."

You make it sound like ALL the LAT pressroom employees wanted union representation. Remember only 52% (140) of the voteing pressroom employess "elected union representation" 48% (131) didn't.

Hardly a mandate... and if people lose what they have, I would bet that there won't be a union anymore!