Thread regarding Windstream Corp. layoffs

time for a Union movement

Know your rights. Often, the management at a business will try to discourage employees from forming a union, as union workers usually get higher pay and better working conditions than non-union workers. It's important to know your legal rights when it comes to forming a union so you can protect yourself and, if necessary, fight back against any illegal action by your employer.

In the US, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) details the rights of union members as well as would-be union members. Most courts have decided the Section 7 of the NLRA dictates the following legal mandates:[1]

Employees may discuss the idea of forming a union and distribute union literature during non-work time and in non-work places - like, for instance, a break room. They may also display their union support through clothing, pins, jewelry, etc.

Employees can ask other employees to sign petitions regarding the formation of a union, specific employment grievances, etc. Employees can also ask employers to recognize these petitions.

Additionally, most courts agree that Section 8 of the NLRA provides the following protections:[2]

Employers cannot offer raises, promotions, or other incentives to employees if they agree not to unionize.

Employers cannot close down a work site or otherwise transfer work away from certain employees because of union affiliation.

Employers cannot fire, demote, harass, dock pay from, or otherwise punish employees because of union affiliation.

Finally, employers also cannot threaten to do any of the above acts.

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You do realize at Windstream most no union worked max out at $6-$8 more am hour than union. We max out at about $32.02 right now when non union in the same area are making $36-$38 an hour

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Post ID: @ZdHGgEY-9fgl

Know your rights?, well know this, a union can not help you in layoffs, they can not help you, been there done that, get the f--- away from Windstream, a dying company. They went bankrupt, what else do you need to know, really dont be stupid

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Post ID: @ZdHGgEY-3fib

What’s with the Huntersville, NC address posted below?

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Post ID: @ZdHGgEY-bjz

10130 Rose Brook Ln

Huntersville, NC 28078-3388

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Post ID: @ZdHGgEY-dcw

It’s now hard to void a union contract in chapter 11 bankruptcy. I saw this first hand in a corporate bankruptcy.

It was easier to do until a big airline blatantly abused this in the 1990s. Congress changed the law.

That said, I think this is a tricky time to unionize. Yes, they’re not supposed to fire you for trying to organize but they’re canning people here and there all the time, they could lay you off without there motives being obvious

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Post ID: @ZdHGgEY-xif

Bankruptcy exists specifically to void contracts. Good luck with that.

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Post ID: @ZdHGgEY-cby

I’d talk to the union’s lawyers. There may be special laws for trying to organize during a bankruptcy. You probably can but I suspect it would be subject to extra scrutiny and control by the bankruptcy judge. Not sure Windstream could sign a new contract without court approval.

A labor or bankruptcy would know for sure. This is a very technical legal area

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Post ID: @ZdHGgEY-qps

Why are you worried about a union now? The union can't save the company from bankruptcy and can't protect your job if there isn't going to be one dumb--s. So what has the union done for you????

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Post ID: @ZdHGgEY-lip

Yeah....... Not going to happen. What you can organize is your personal stuff into a box and move on.

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