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On Strike for Respect: The Clerical and Technical Workers' by Toni Gilpin, Gary Isaac, Dan Letwin, Jack McKivigan

By Toni Gilpin, Gary Isaac, Dan Letwin, Jack McKivigan

Do unions have a spot within the details Age? Is it even attainable to create new and potent unions? this can be a vigorous and considerate account of the production of any such union by way of white collar employees at Yale collage. Having been there in the course of that point, i will be able to vouch for the accuracy of the defined results upon the college group, and used to be interested to learn behind-the-scenes money owed of 1 of the few fresh successes in unionization. hugely urged to someone attracted to hard work concerns and women's rights.

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Union members would be able to talk with scabs and strikebreakers, and confront them about their actions. Iti particular, Local 34 members wanted to get in touch with the C&Ts who had initially joined the strike but had since returned to their jobs. If these workers could be convinced that Local 34 could they might walk out with the union again, if it became necessary, in January. Home for the Holidays would bring strikers in contact with many other groups that the union was also anxious to reach: faculty members, doctors, management and professional employees.

I thought we were all about to get strung up by our toes . " and suddenly you drop a plan like going back to work on them and their instant reaction is "U{>'re losing. " Most of the opposition to the Home for the Holidays plan reflected the view that it was not a winning strategy. People were afraid that returning to work without a settlement would look like defeat to the media and to the rest of the Yale community. In fact, many members ------- 84 believed that it would be a defeat, for they would be returning to their offices and laboratories without the contract they had joined the picket lines to obtain.

U-e believe that we have been patient beyond any reasonable call. u-e have negotiated in 73 meetings over a full year, and continue to seek further negotiation. u-e have compromised. u-e repeatedly postponed our strike deadlines. u-e proposed arbitration. u-e have even agreed not to seek full equality now, but merely to seek a com­ mitment to equality in the future, and a significant down-payment now. 65 Yale has responded to our patience by massive distortion of our position, and of its own.

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