Labor Gets a Working Over

Despite better times, some companies use tough tactics to squeeze unions

Workers haven't taken this bad a beating since before 1935," says Lewie Anderson, director of the packing house division of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Anderson can see the damage among his own battered members. The average hourly wages for 110,000 workers have been cut from $10.69 or more to around $8. Some pork and beef workers have been thrown out of work altogether and replaced by nonunion employees who earn as little as $5.50 per hour.

Other unions in such...

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