Or maybe the law should require that businesses with over 500 employees are automatically unionized? If you can't keep corporations small, make the unions a requirement. Obviously, this will take oversight.

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As the attorney who represented the union negotiators of the Overnite contract, I found your gloomy analysis somewhat superficial. You overlook that the union organized some of Overnite's largest terminals which were part of an integrated nationwide operation requiring freight to be transported from terminal to terminal in a just in time system. Prior to the 1999 nationwide strike, we engaged in a series of intermittent strikes at the unionized terminals, which were beginning to impose significant economic damage. Unfortunately, the change in union leadership from the reformist Ron Carey to the "old school" Hoffa regime in 1999 resulted in an abandonment of this guerilla warfare approach in favor of the traditional "let's just shut down the complete operation" beat your chest approach that predictably doomed the organizing drive. Before calling this strike, Hoffa replaced me and the other Carey-appointed organizers and negotiators with his people, so we had to watch this debacle unfold from the sidelines.

I also was involved in a bitter dispute with Phillips Kimball, who masterminded the Caterpillar bargaining strategy you discuss when he later worked for CUNA Mutual Insurance in Madison, WI in which we were able to defeat him using a corporate campaign.

I welcome your insightful blog and hope you continue to critically expose what I fear will be a timid Biden NRLB.


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