(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Sunday, August 04, 2002

Union organizing and privatization As state and local governments contract-out more of their functions that are performed by organized employees, public-sector unions have two natural responses: (1) to mobilize politically against such contracting-out; and (2) to organize the private-sector contractors. Some employers have contended that this constitues a conflict of interest; but this week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, enforcing an NLRB order, rejected that argument. (The First Circuit didn't put the final nail in the coffin of this sort of argument, certainly, but the Court did go pretty far towards burying it).

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