The Dirty History of Union Busting

…with Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know, from the How Stuff Works Network…

Think of STDWYTK as a popular science take on all kinds of “stuff” you didn’t know you need to know! If you’re into hidden histories, real and theoretical conspiracies and unexplained phenomenons, you might like STDWYTK.

This month, the pod published a 2 part story about Union Busting (the history and the present). The first segment is a casual but well referenced short history of the labor movement – it origins, purpose and goals plus short summaries of the Pinkerton Agency and the voilent suppression of early union formation. Segment two covers the modern movement and resurgence of union busting including the resurgence of company towns, what’s really going on with labor law and the Pinkertons, again (they never really left).

Seems there’s a real conspiracy going on to suppress workers’ rights.

If you’re trying to organize your workplace and are facing union busting tactics (or if you just want to learn a little more about this “industry”) check out the Union Busting Playbook.

While they’re not as common as they once were, labor unions are back in the news as employees of companies like Amazon, Starbucks and more choose to organize, pushing for better pay, more rights and so on. In part one of this two-part episode, Ben and Matt explore the history of unions (which can themselves be conspiratorial)… as well as the powerful forces seeking to destroy unions, or prevent them from forming in the first place.

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