How to Bargain Concessions (If You Must)

Source: Richard de Vries, Labor Notes, May 15, 2012

Can concessions save jobs? Almost always they cannot, and certainly not in the big picture. Concessions can’t fix a collapsed market or stop offshoring, nor the 1%’s relentless assault on the working class.

The best rationalization for concessions is a retreat to fight another day. Concessions may save jobs in the short term if the union bargains hard in areas not traditional to our thinking and gets specific, concrete guarantees. But not without big costs….

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