Did Media Matters Management Miss Its Own Talking Points?
May 2, 2014 by Bob Livingston
In recent months, conservative media figures have undermined efforts by labor groups to organize across the United States, demonizing labor unions in the process. These anti-union attacks are largely reliant on myths alleging negative side-effects of union participation. ‚Äď Myths and Facts: Unions And Organized Labor, Media Matters For America.
It seems there‚Äôs a little dissension in the ranks of the Barack Obama/Democratic National Committee George Soros-funded propaganda machine, Media Matters For America.
Employees at the progressive not-for-profit mouthpiece for leftism were taken aback when MMFA management refused to recognize the unionization of its staff by declining the ‚Äúcard check‚ÄĚ process, instead exercising its right to force a union election under the oversight of the National Labor Relations Board.
It has long been MMFA‚Äôs policy to advocate for card check and push for unionization of non-union businesses like Wal-Mart. It even has a whole web page (as noted above) dedicated to busting ‚Äúmyths‚ÄĚ of the negative side-effects of unionization.
Yet MMFA management has taken a tact right out of the playbook of those evil ‚Äúconservative‚ÄĚ corporations it has so reviled against.
A group of employees claiming to be part of the Media Matters Organizing Committee issued a statement that was published on SEIU Local 500 website this week.
Media Matters employees often write in defense of organized labor, and our work has demonstrated the virtues of organizing through card-check and the perils of being forced through a protracted NLRB election process. It is fitting, then, that we‚Äôve chosen to unionize and attempt to lead our own lives by the principles we regularly advocate for in our work.
The actions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in the impossible position of continuing to produce content espousing pro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right to unionize. Not only is management subjecting Media Matters employees to arduous NLRB procedures, the actions of their attorneys indicate Media Matters executives object so tenaciously to our union that they appear willing to prevent employees from ever having the opportunity to vote on the matter.
Many Media Matters employees feel betrayed by the unexpected and unexplained path our leadership has taken in response to our efforts to unionize. Our desire to organize should be not a controversial or surprising turn of events at a progressive organization like Media Matters for America. We continue to hold out hope that our executives will change course in favor of the path the organization has long advocated.
-Media Matters Organizing Committee
Apparently Media Matters management, responsible for making sure the organization is viable, recognizes that unionization will drive up the cost of labor and benefits and make its financial position untenable.
But wait; that can‚Äôt be it. According to Media Matters own ‚Äúmythbusting‚ÄĚ page, ‚Äúunions have been shown to raise economic demand by increasing workers’ wages and buying power.‚ÄĚ And, ‚Äúunionization has been tied to the stability of the middle class, which is necessary to maintain a healthy consumer-based economy‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ And, “unionization can increase individual firms’ productivity by encouraging investment and increasing the supply of highly-skilled labor…”
So it must be that MMFA founder David Brock and his management team just hate their workers and the U.S. economy and don’t want more productivity.