Collective Bargaining is a Contact Sport

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Why Many Liberals Hate Unions


During a union-management contract negotiation it’s illegal for a company to “plead poverty.” They can’t legally tell the union reps that, as much as they’d like to give them those pay raises and improved benefits, they simply can’t afford it, because, alas, the additional costs would very likely bust them.

Why is that tactic illegal? For the simple reason that it’s a show-stopper, an H-bomb being dropped, an impossible bluff to call. What union in its right mind is going to insist on wage and benefit increases that will risk bankrupting the employer and causing the facility to shut down?

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