Thursday, December 29, 2005

Man Bites Dog

According to this story, Cintas employees (with some help from management) are suing the labor union Unite Here for violating a privacy protection law during a campaign to unionize workers at a Cintas plant in Emmaus, PA. The employees are upset that the union organizers obtained their home addresses through a private investigator based on license plate numbers collected in the company parking lot. This apparently violates the little-known Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994. I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised that this law is on the books.

It's unclear whether the workers who organized this lawsuit are more outraged by the invasion of their privacy or the union campaign to organize their plant. If this lawsuit really comes from and is supported by the workers at the plant, I don't see how organized labor has much of a chance of growing or even surviving in its current form.

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