Friday, April 29, 2022

WIRTW #623: the “blocked” edition

I've probably written more about labor organizing over the past six months than in the prior six years (or longer) combined. It's a testament to the cultural significance of Starbucks, Amazon, Apple, and all of the other high-profile union campaigns happening all over the country.

Every time I post something remotely anti-union, I'm appalled by the number of personal attacks I receive from pro-union advocates. I've been called a corporate shill, stupid, a lousy lawyer, and worse. 

Guess what? You're not my audience. I'm a management-side lawyer. I'm not writing to you. I'm writing to and for business owners. I don't expect you to agree with me, nor do I care if you do. But I do expect that we should be able to have a civil conversation about the issues. When you attack me personally, that civil conversation cannot happen. It will also get you blocked, so why bother?

I will not engage with anyone who demeans or attacks me. But please, by all means keep making yourselves look bad. You're only undermining your own position and helping me reinforce mine.

Here's what I read the past week that I think you should be reading, too.

For The Starbucks Union Campaign, A Bruising Contract Fight Is Just Beginning — via HuffPost

The case of the $250,000 thumb drive porno and hacking (allegedly) — via Eric Meyer's Employer Handbook Blog

Is this lawsuit crazy smart, or just crazy? — via Robin Shea's Employment & Labor Insider

Risk of Employees' Losing Exempt Status Rises During Times of Short-Staffing — via EntertainHR

How to help bridge social and political divides among employees — via