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Law Notes - Exam 3

Law Notes - Exam 3 - LawFinalExamPrep Unions...

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Law Final Exam Prep Unions It’s a concept that is so inherent in the struggle of society: management v. labor,  capital v. worker, etc.  Rules of the game are interesting. There’s so much stuff  going on and no perfect way to lay it out.   Start with a story that shows the absurdity of it all…   It was a really nice day in Chicago. Sherwyn’s client worked with a bakery called  La Francais, which is owned by 3 Greek immigrant brothers. Paul was the  president. He turned a little bakery into a big thing. The middle brother, Dominic,  was an engineer who developed a packaging system that kept things fresh  without preservatives. The youngest brother, Jim, was a moron, so they put him  in charge of HR. Jim had nothing to do apart from HR. Betsy, the assistant  director of HR, was very good. Jim just walked around annoying people. The  people who worked there worked on the line. Discipline was tough. They would  get yelled at for talking in line or going to the bathroom without permission. If they  went to the bathroom, they lose their spot in line and muffins go flying  everywhere.   Workers bring their lunches to work, which sits next to them as they work. Jim  takes everyone’s lunches and puts them in a big bin. At lunchtime, everyone has  to sort through the bin, and their sandwiches are crushed. Everyone’s pissed off.  The next day, Jim says, “You have to do this.” No one can understand, so they  just nod yes, but the next day, they don’t do anything with their lunches. Jim’s  really upset, so he throws their lunches in the garbage. A hundred people just  leave. They just walk out, and their muffins are flying everywhere. It’s a complete  mess.   Betsy comes out. She calms everyone down, she brings in pizzas, etc.  Everyone’s hanging out in the parking lot. After an hour, she gets about 85  people to go back to work. The rest just say no. Betsy asks nicely, but they  refuse. Finally, she says, “If you don’t go back to work, you’re fired.” They say, 
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“Fine,” they hand in their ID badges, and they leave. If Betsy had said, “If you  don’t go back to work, you’ll be permanently replaced,” that would be fine. But by  saying, “You’ll be fired,” she violated the National Labor Relations Act. The  difference is the word: “fired” v. “permanently replaced.” That’s an introduction to  the NLRA.
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