Wednesday, January 11, 2012

NY: In blow to contractors, gaffe stalls union vote

read full article at Crain's New York Business Under the tentative agreements, employers would no longer be required to hire at least one-third of their workers via union referrals, and would instead be free to select any member of the union to work for them. Contractors have argued that so-called full mobility will save them money by increasing productivity, but union members contend that it will kill important protections like seniority and could lead to discrimination. Union members also say that the national union has pressed for the change because it will help it avoid the deluge of National Labor Relations Board charges filed by workers who challenge the union's role in hiring decisions. But now the future of full mobility, and indeed the contracts themselves, remain up in the air.

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