Quote from caroladybelle
Only a post or two in and someone kicks in the Godwin's law effect.
I believe that there is more than a bit of difference between Nazi genocide and a sympathy strike. I suspect that the families of the 9 million murdered would agree.
It may follow Godwin's Law, but in this case it's legit ... and that's not
trivializng the Holocaust in any
The companies looking to cut costs on the backs of their workers depend on us having the attitude "I've got mine ... you're on your own". It's called divide and conquer.
I know that my bargaining unit, years ago, was only
allowed to represent RNs. LPNs, CNA's and dietary workers and housekeepers were in a different union. Our contract ran out just before
election day (I worked in a state hospital) and theirs expired just after
. Funny how it happened that in election years, our contract sailed through, no problem. Meanwhile, magically, money got so
tight - just 2 months later - that they just HAD to have give-backs. These were men and women who worked beside me every day, without whom I couldn't do my
job. I wouldn't be able to look at myself in a mirror if I had crossed their picket lines.
Having said that, the issue is not black and white ... the fact that the OP doesn't trust the information coming from her union speaks volumes about the politics of the situation. There's a balance that needs to be maintained between self-interest and support for co-workers and none of us can make that decision for the OP.
My only suggestion is, first, to read your own contract to see if the issue is addressed there. Secondly, double check the union's info with the state or federal labor board. The biggest question is whether workers striking in sympathy have the same protections against retaliation as the workers directly involved. Finally, there's a judgement call balancing your own financial responsibilities and employment against the politics of angering management, who will find a way to get back at you if at all possible.