UNIONS: You Gonna Gel Fired

Union Organizer Milford Allen stood for hours under a broiling sun one day early this month, handing "You Need a Union Card" leaflets to workers at the Barnesville, Ga., knitting mill of the William Carter Co., a Massachusetts-based manufacturer of children's clothing. "This union stuff is shit," snarled one worker as he threw his leaflet away. Said another: "I'd like it, but I can't take it. They'd lay me off." That night, at an organizing meeting that drew all of 24 union sympathizers (20 of them black), Allen in effect agreed. "This...

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