* Employee Accuses Pritzker Group of Union-Busting: “If he’s going to be a businessman and politician who’s campaigning on a progressive platform, you’ve gotta prove that you’re progressive in your business as well,” Dean said Thursday. “He campaigns on unionizing. He says unions are a great thing, they’re what built the middle class. He wants to campaign on collective bargaining rights. And he’s actively union-busting at his own company.”
*** UPDATE 2 *** The person who runs the day to day operations of this little company really ought to have his or her head examined. I mean, nobody over there stopped to think that maybe, just maybe fighting a unionization effort might damage the guy who pays all the bills? Anyway, it appears the message finally got through what must be a very thick skull…
At Entertainment Cruises, we know our shipmates make our company great, and we are committed to open and transparent dialogue with our employees. We support the right of our shipmates to engage in organization activities and to make sure that all voices are heard in that effort. If a petition is filed with the NLRB, the NLRB’s process provides a fair mechanism for employees to vote in a secret ballot election. Entertainment Cruises respects this right and will conduct itself throughout the process with integrity and fairness.
*** UPDATE 3 *** From Kathy Hanshew, Manager of the Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board, Workers United/SEIU…
We are deeply disturbed by the Pritzker Group and Entertainment Cruises’ response to the SeaDog workers’ recent demand for union recognition. Sending workers seeking workplace justice and union representation to Donald Trump’s NLRB for a fair process is akin to sending undocumented immigrants to Donald Trump’s ICE for a fair process. It’s a horrible idea.
Pro-union Democrats, including both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, support the Employee Free Choice Act or EFCA. EFCA would mandate that private sector employers recognize a union based on a simple authorization card count or card check. Bosses love NLRB elections because even though a solid majority of Americans approve of unions, only about 8% of Americans actually belong to them. The Millionaire and Billionaire class and the NLRB are to blame.
We continue to demand that JB and Tony Pritzker and Entertainment Cruises work out a fair process for organizing so that their workers gain union recognition through a simple card count. This was the process recently used by TRONC when employees decided to organize at the Chicago Tribune, and it will work just fine for Entertainment Cruises workers out at Navy Pier.
Will the real JB Pritzker please stand up?
*** UPDATE 4 *** I agree with the gist of this take…
Yeah, this is still Union busting. We are a seasonal company, and will be losing most of our staff over the next few weeks. A delayed vote is literally their only chance to still shut us down. In the meantime, they will continue their campaign of lies, rumors and intimidation.
This should be no surprise. When you have the scion of a hotel empire, with a long history of rebuffing unionization of their chain, you can’t be surprised that union busting allegations weren’t going to surface.
This is a case of where the unions that supported him early were mesmerized by his “checkbook charms” in their zeal to oust Rauneer.
Well, the unions now have to dance with their prom date, warts and all.
It’s hard to do worse than a governor who refused to pass a budget for years because his anti-union demands weren’t met, the result of which cost the state over a billion dollars and hundreds or thousands of jobs.
Nonetheless, it’s hard to be inspired by a candidate who says one thing and does another. He can argue that although he owns the company, he’s not actively managing it. Nevertheless, you can exert any pressure on management to allow your employees to unionize? Hmm…too bad Biss didn’t win the primary.
I’m baffled at the notion that “unions have nowhere to go.” Labor can still support JB while still holding him accountable.
Rauner is worse but JB does not receive an unfettered golden ticket to behave however he wants. Union members are not idealistic in thinking that JB will come in and provide plush contracts with little to battle for items at the negotiating table.
But to think Unions can’t walk and chew gum is ridiculous and, quite frankly, what gets Democrats into so much trouble. They think they make their constituents strong when it is, in fact, the opposite. If JB doesn’t know that, then he will go the way of Pat Quinn. Just ask Senator Raoul how important Union support was in the primary for AG.
It’s quite confusing, “empire of businesses” or not that Pritzker finds himself where he is with this issue, and no matter how this plays out in the end, the damage to the image is now there.
It’s confusing that a campaign willing to spend $207K… a day… every 24 hours… never vetted or understood their own problems… and continually are cleaning up messes, and are wholly not prepared for toilets, or labor, or investments… and it’s not on a “green” (yikes, no pun intended) candidate to understand how to protect themselves.
What would this race be if Rauner wasn’t so unlikable, the most vulnerable, the worst Republican… if you think about it, Rauner is 26 points under water… and Pritzker leads by a mere 16 points with that Rauner unfavorability?
But, that’s why we have campaigns, and you run when it’s best to do so, abd when it’s best to go after incumbents, but let’s not be fooled that, outside the mammoth ground game footprint and organizing, this isn’t a textbook campaign owning the day against the most vulnerable incumbent in America.
===Pat Quinn faux populist when comes to dealing with their own workers===
I seriously doubt he’s running the day to day operations at this little tour company. But the person who is running it really ought to know better. I mean, for crying out loud, the dude paying all the bills is running for governor as a pro-union Democrat.
===I seriously doubt he’s running the day to day operations at this little tour company. But the person who is running it really ought to know better. I mean, for crying out loud, the dude paying all the bills is running for governor as a pro-union Democrat.===
… and I also hold the research arm of a campaign, a campaign that spends $207K a day… just as responsible, as they couldn’t “keep tabs” on what oppo they have on JB and things like this popping up?
Something doesn’t smell right folks
Looked up the heads of the union past and present
Why were they the chairmen of the board for
Almagamated Insurance and Amalgamated bank?
Look I’m just a frontline union (small u) leader
And maybe I just don’t understand
The leaders seem to be out of or tied to New York
But when they are pulling the crap
On a candidate whose success against Rauner
Has a tremendous effect on my job
I got a problem with it.
Nothing is more important to me
And to my coworkers Than defeating
And on my level in the Metro East
We are united and making headway
If other areas are like mine
This won’t in any way suppress
The union vote
Just sit right back
And you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a 15 hour shift
That started from this chilly pier,
Aboard JB’s SeaDog ship.
The mate was an overworked sailin’ lad,
The Skipper uninsured.
The Pritzkers agreed that day
There’d be no union tour,
No union tour.
I don’t know JB from any other guy so when I watch the video, I can’t say if he is being honest or not. What I can see is that he appears to be. Contrast that to Rauner who would immediately let out his telling laugh while making funny faces and trying to avoid eye contact. Again, JB could by lying, but if I’m an independent watching JB and Rauner in these kind of interactions, JB wins.
Sorry, way off base here. Look up the bank. Founded by a union. No longer majority owned by unions but was for a long time. Local union leaders on its board. Is there a more union-friendly bank in Chicago? I doubt it.
Ron and Evanstonian, look I’m just trying to figure out where this gaslighting “whataboutist” attack is coming from.
Is it privileged Biss folks Evanstonian?
Is it Rauner connected big business Ron?
It took money and coordination
To pull that off
It wasn’t done by a little guy like me.
This was a well coordinated job
As to amalgamated I don’t know
It just doesn’t seem right
Only Rauner benefits from this
Labor certainly doesn’t
This is a dark money job.
But it’s frontline regular public servants
That are going to get destroyed
If Rauner wins.
If there is one thing I am known for
On this blog
It’s for naming
It looks like this may end well for workers, as the company now says it won’t fight the unionization effort. Great job by those getting the issue out there and hopefully resolved.
- Pot calling kettle - Friday, Aug 31, 18 @ 2:42 pm:
“…I stepped away…from the business…”
Dude. Seriously? Did you throw away all of the phone numbers?
This was an OK encounter, but it would have been better if JB had said: “As soon as I found out about this, I got on the phone and talked to the guy in charge.” Etc.
JB should also take a break from campaigning while he mediates a settlement between UNITE HERE and the downtown hotels. It would get him some earned media, show his leadership abilities, and put down a marker for organized labor.
I seriously doubt the unions that have endorsed JB did not background research all the firms he has invested in or ourteight owns for their labor practices. The unions made a Faustian bargain by endorsing JB and doing it early. This is the deal they are stuck with, presumably JB will be better for public sector unions than Rauner. The unions will turn out their members for JB and for the most part this story will not discourage his unionized voting base. More than likely they will have never heard about it.