Labor union ‘raids’ on rise as rivals seek to boost membership, clout


Alana Semuels
L.A. Times
August 3, 2013

Mechanics for American Airlines may soon check their mail and find a strange package: airplane vomit bags.

They’re part of a campaign by the Transport Workers Union to fend off a challenge from a rival union: the Teamsters, which wants the mechanics to defect to its ranks. The bag is part of a Transport Workers’ defense campaign, which includes ads on billboards and in magazines with the slogan: “Teamster Air: More job departures to China than any other union.”

Members are valuable to labor unions for the millions they pay in dues, as well as the clout that comes along with the potential votes members cast in U.S. elections. And right now, they may be especially vulnerable to promises from another union trying to win their allegiance.

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