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Author Cohen, Phil, author

Title Fighting union busters in a Carolina carpet mill : an organizer's memoir / Phil Cohen
Published Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2020]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover -- Acknowledgments -- Table of Contents -- Author's Note -- Prologue -- Part One: The Campaign -- 1. The Committee -- 2. Meeting with Witnesses -- 3. Plant Tour -- 4. Labor Board Investigation -- 5. The Three Girls -- 6. The Union Busting Lawyer -- 7. Federal Agent's Grim Forecast -- Part Two: The Case Unfolds -- 8. National Right to Work Attorneys -- 9. Illegal Discharge -- 10. Cartoons -- 11. Labor Board Decision -- 12. Becoming a Test Case -- 13. Union Lawyers -- 14. Preparing for Trial -- 15. Injured Workers -- Part Three: Aftermath -- 16. Compliance Period -- 17. The Tornado
18. House Calls -- 19. Shop Floor Confrontation -- 20. A Barrage of New Issues -- Index
Summary "In 2017, Workers United/SEIU called veteran organizer Phil Cohen out of retirement to investigate and expose a union-busting plot by Mohawk Industries at a North Carolina carpet mill. His hard-hitting account chronicles the resulting labor dispute that rocked a Fortune 500 company. The organizer had to prove management was behind an illegal decertification petition and forced workers to sign using strong-arm tactics. Though terrified of retaliation, witnesses gradually agreed to testify before federal agents. Mohawk retained a high-powered union-busting attorney who appealed directly to ultra-conservative heads of the National Labor Relations Board, while Right to Work Committee lawyers framed the issue as a test case to revoke laws protecting employee rights. The union's only hope rested on presenting evidence too formidable for political bias to surmount. This memoir, infused with dry wit and insights into human nature, blows the lid off the nation's union-busting epidemic, thrusting readers into the tumultuous environment of a union hall in crisis"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Mohawk Industries.
Workers United.
Workers United
Rug and carpet industry -- Employees -- Labor unions -- Organizing -- North Carolina
Union busting -- North Carolina
Union busting
North Carolina
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781476641058