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nitrogen
May 21, 2004

Oh, what's a 217°C difference between friends?


This is more for curiosity's sake for me, because it's a moot point because i'm quitting anyway, but I'm curious:

Let's say I'm a "management" employee. (I'm not, I have no direct reports, but i am classified as one) that has been assigned an "Emergency Work Assignment." What this is, is basically scabbing for striking union workers.

As a non-union employee, do I have any recourse to refuse to be a scab, other than quitting?

In reality, I'm quitting anyway, but I'm curious, as are others that I work with that are not quitting.

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Lord Windy
Mar 26, 2010


Why can't you join the union?

Mo_Steel
Mar 7, 2008

Let's Clock Into The Sunset Together



Fun Shoe

http://umaine.edu/ble/files/2011/01/Picket_line.pdf

quote:

If you are not a union member, you can legally refuse to cross a picket line, but you will not
have a union to represent you if your employer disciplines you for your refusal. Contact the
National Labor Relations Board on-line at https://www.nlrb.gov or by phone at (617) 565-6700.

Not sure why this is in SH/SC unless computers are staging a rebellion though.

Mo_Steel fucked around with this message at Jun 13, 2015 around 01:28

FatCow
Apr 22, 2002
I MAP THE FUCK OUT OF PEOPLE


Lord Windy posted:

Why can't you join the union?

He's management.

Shaocaholica
Oct 29, 2002

Fig. 5E


Mo_Steel posted:

http://umaine.edu/ble/files/2011/01/Picket_line.pdf


Not sure why this is in SH/SC unless computers are staging a rebellion though.

he must be a computer program but then this thread should be in CoC.

sarehu
Apr 20, 2007

(call/cc call/cc)

nitrogen posted:

As a non-union employee, do I have any recourse to refuse to be a scab, other than quitting?

Everything is negotiable.

peak debt
Mar 10, 2001
b& :(

Nap Ghost

If you're management you can refuse to do replacement work for striking workers because that work will not be listed in your contract. i.e. your job as listed in your employment contract is supervising cleaners. If your underlings don't show up for work, your boss can't force you to start cleaning, he can only force you to show up to work and supervise nonexistent cleaners.

Of course such a rule may not apply depending on what country or state you're in.

adorai
Nov 2, 2002

10/27/04 Never forget

Grimey Drawer

peak debt posted:

he can only force you to show up to work and supervise nonexistent cleaners.
He can also then judge you on the performance of your staff, which in your scenario, would be quite poor.

FatCow
Apr 22, 2002
I MAP THE FUCK OUT OF PEOPLE


I've never seen a contract that didn't say 'Other work as required' on it somewhere.

EvilElmo
May 10, 2009


FatCow posted:

He's management.

That normally doesn't exclude you from joining the union. At least in Australia.

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Krispy Wafer
Jul 26, 2002



Grimey Drawer

nitrogen posted:

This is more for curiosity's sake for me, because it's a moot point because i'm quitting anyway, but I'm curious:

Let's say I'm a "management" employee. (I'm not, I have no direct reports, but i am classified as one) that has been assigned an "Emergency Work Assignment." What this is, is basically scabbing for striking union workers.

As a non-union employee, do I have any recourse to refuse to be a scab, other than quitting?

In reality, I'm quitting anyway, but I'm curious, as are others that I work with that are not quitting.

We dealt with this whenever contract negotiations came up. Management employees got assigned to all kinds of poo poo - driving trucks 3 states over, installing phone service in attics during the summer in Louisiana. None of them had to do it, but they got some rudimentary training I guess as leverage against the union.

And yeah, you're stuck doing it unless you can be classified as an essential employee. As for crossing picket lines, in our case the CWA worked out an agreement where they'd only picket one entrance. As long as no represented employees came in the back entrance, they'd let managers come in and out without a problem. The company actually forbade any represented employees from coming to work (deactivated their badges in case of strike) to ensure managers didn't have to cross a line.

What really sucks is being represented, but under a different contract with a different expiration date. In that case the union expects you to sympathy strike, but you can be fired for doing so. My shop steward alluded that if I didn't strike I probably wouldn't want to park my car at work. Fortunately I didn't have to test that hypothesis out.

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