Beware The 'Worker Centers'

Law360, New York (December 12, 2013, 7:01 PM EST) -- In recent weeks, the fast-food industry has fallen prey to coordinated demonstrations by a number of loosely affiliated groups, rallying around wages, benefits and other conditions. The strategy invoked by these so-called "worker centers" (or "alt-unions") is not altogether new, and was actually contemplated by unions like the Service Employees International Union years ago.

At that time, an internal strategy memo was leaked, at which point the union’s intent to organize fast-food restaurants was made public. While these reports were met with alarm on behalf of...
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