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Striking the unions

"Striking the unions" Continued...

Issue: "Homegrown terror," Dec. 5, 2009

And though an agreement was ultimately reached and a work stoppage avoided, the standoff has left the union's rolls lighter than when it started. Fry's employee Kim Cress withdrew her membership after 18 years, citing demands that were out of touch given the current economic climate. "I can't believe the union calling for a strike in this economy," she said.

Christine Carroll, a member for 10 years, is joining her and says that the union's true colors came out during the past month. "We [Carroll and fellow co-workers] called and requested that they come visit our store, but all they did was send someone to drop off propaganda that was pro-strike. No one actually wanted to talk to us, so that was very disappointing."

She then describes how her attempts at resigning were met: "I went on to the national labor board's web site and found out that you can withdraw from a union by contacting them via registered mail and that's what I'm planning doing," she says. "I first tried calling my union to get a withdrawal form and basically was told to kiss off. They were nasty. It was upsetting."

When asked to specify how her representatives were nasty, Carroll declines to answer, but her evasion lends credence to those who argue that the card check bill would enable labor leaders to intimidate and bully workers into unionizing. "The union is strong and kind of scary, to be honest," she says, "I'm a little worried about retaliation."

Megan Basham
Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Memphis, Tenn.. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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