Fighting Union Busters in a Carolina Carpet Mill
An Organizer’s Memoir
About the Book
In 2017, Workers United/SEIU called veteran organizer Phil Cohen out of retirement to investigate and expose a union-busting plot at a North Carolina carpet mill operated by Mohawk Industries. His hard-hitting account chronicles the resulting labor dispute that rocked a Fortune 500 company.
The organizer had to prove that management was behind an illegal decertification petition and forced workers to sign using strong-arm tactics. Though terrified of retaliation, witnesses gradually agreed to testify before federal agents. Mohawk retained a high-powered union-busting attorney who appealed directly to ultra-conservative heads of the National Labor Relations Board, while Right to Work Committee lawyers framed the issue as a test case to revoke laws protecting employee rights. The union’s only hope rested on presenting evidence too formidable for political bias to surmount.
This memoir, infused with dry wit and insights into human nature, thrusts readers into the tumultuous environment of a union hall in crisis.
About the Author(s)
Phil Cohen emerged from a tough working class background to become one of the labor movement’s most celebrated field agents—responsible for landmark decisions by the National Labor Relations Board and OSHA.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2020