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The Boss's Union
Employers typically characterize unions as "third parties," suggesting that organized collective bargaining somehow impedes communication, or is impersonal and unnatural. But when employers seek deals for themselves, in negotiations with local, state, federal, and international governments, they do not hesitate to form collective associations to increase their power.
Two of the largest and most important retail business associations are the International Mass Retail Association and the National Retail Federation. Both organizations have memberships that include many famous brand name retailers. These associations are very active in lobbying government for legislation that favors the business agenda. Both organizations busy themselves trying to prevent laws that give workers more power, and create laws that diminish worker (and consumer) power; specifically, they:
   Oppose Minimum Wage Increases
   Oppose Family and Medical Leave Act coverage expansion
   Oppose Heathcare Reform (the right to sue HMO's for malpractice)
   Oppose safety regulations regarding Repetitive Motion Injury
   Oppose broadening of privacy laws regarding collection of consumer information and data
   Favor reducing overtime pay and replacing it with "comp time"
   Favor the creation of employer-dominated unions (the "Team Act")
   Favor Social Security Privatization
   Favor reduction of Product Liability judgements
   Favor new tax loopholes and credits for retail businesses
   Favor legislation making it more difficult to declare personal bankruptcy
Employers and anti-union organizations often squawk and complain about the political agendas of unions, but when it comes to their own business interests, political involvement is just fine. In fact, businesses have always formed associations or "unions" to forward their own interests, from your local Chamber of Commerce all the way up to heavily funded international trade associatons.
In addition to their legislative agenda, Retail Associations also conduct conferences, seminars and training on friendly topics like employee theft and surveillance.
For a more complete picture of these spin doctors and lobbyists at work, you can visit their websites at:

National Retail Federation

International Mass Retail Association

(source:RetailWorker.com)
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Letter From the President of RWDSU

"Employers have abandoned their responsibility to provide full_time jobs in the communities and have instead, through the use of part time employees, drove down the wages and benefits over the last 15 years. Many major employers have determined that with a lower wage rate and more flexible hours, they can operate their stores more profitably. This sounds good if you're an employer; however, if you happen to be a part time employee who is drawing less than a 40 hour a week paycheque, you are then thrown into the category of the working poor. Numerous part time employees have had to find another part time job to simply exist at some level of dignity. How many times have we heard employers tell part timers that they cannot schedule them around their second job? In some cases, part time employees have been forced to make the difficult decision as to which part time job they will have to quit."
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OFFICE DEPOT, INC. DECISIONS OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD 325 NLRB No. 139
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, Plaintiff, v. STAPLES, INC. and OFFICE DEPOT, INC., Defendants.