From International Socialist Review, Vol.20 No.2, Spring 1959, p.34.
Transcription & mark-up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
If a union wins an agreement from a reluctant employer to increase wages and grant better working conditions, does that constitute “coercion” of the workers in a plant?
A majority of the National Labor Relations Board decided it was in a case involving the International Ladies Garment Workers and the Bernard-Altmann Texas Corp. of San Antonio. The NLRB held that the union had not signed up a clear majority in the plant and that therefore it had coerced the workers by getting them a pay increase. It was not reported whether the company thanked the board for its services.
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