When Your Boss Is Just Going through the Motions

Source: David Cohen, Labor Notes, September 8, 2016

Has your union ever faced an employer that treated bargaining as a sham?

Such employers have no interest in reaching a compromise; they’re intent on forcing concessions or breaking the union. Often they never move off their concessionary proposals. Finally they declare impasse and implement their “last, best, and final offer.”

Winning against an employer like this requires a multi-pronged strategy. Members will need to gather public support and wage a fight that affects the employer’s production or services.

But in this article, we’ll cover another element of a winning strategy: offensive bargaining……