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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

James Walsh, Undercover Union Organizer

Here's my conversation with James Walsh, who spent two years as an undercover union organizer at casinos in Miami, and writes about the experience in "Playing Against The House." I asked him about:
  • Being a double agent, keeping union organizing secret while not telling anyone he was writing about it.
  • The reaction of his fellow casino employees to the idea of joining a union.
  • The tactics management used to keep the union from organizing in the casinos.
  • Whether he found a Norma Rae among his colleagues.
  • What kind of training he was given by the outside union organizers who helped him get inside.
  • Whether people lost their jobs because of his efforts, despite laws against that.
  • Why union membership has dropped to single digit percentages in the US.
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