Union-busters work most effectively in secrecy, when workers don’t know the anti-union campaign is being run by high-priced legal guns-for-hire. That’s why the Obama Labor Department last year issued a union-buster transparency rule, officially known as the “persuader rule,” designed to increase disclosure requirements for consultants and attorneys hired by companies to try to persuade working people against coming together in a union. The Trump Labor Department issued a proposal on Monday that would rescind the rule and restore the cloak of secrecy to union-busters. Edith Saffa, a Holy Cross nurse fired for organizing and local labor lawyer Jon Newman discussed union-busting and the persuader rule with hosts Chris Garlock and Ed Smith on yesterday’s edition of Your Rights At Work on WPFW FM; click here to hear the show. And click here to leave a comment and tell the Labor Department that we should be doing more to ensure the freedom of working people to join together in a union, not less.
- adapted from a report on the AFL-CIO Now blog; photo (top left): at Monday's rally for reinstated Holy Cross nurse Edith Saffa; (bottom right): Saffa (right, in blue) and DCNA's Sandra Falwell with back-pay check; photos by Korey Hartwich/NNU