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Uploaded on Feb 2, 2012
The first in a series of real-time dispatches, live updates and social media/video updates to assist LA workers achieve democracy in the workplace by monitoring and reporting Toll Group's attempts to undermine their free and fair vote to unionize.
It's not hard to make some assumptions about who the underdog is here.
In our corner you have roughly 75 underpaid Southern California workers who have endured nearly a year of humiliation and harassment on the job. On the other side, there's an Australian CFO-turned-CEO of an $8.3 billion global mega corporation and his team of U.S. executive henchmen.
Astonishingly though, it was the truck drivers who challenged their employer to step into the ring. Last week, via an international telephone press briefing, they announced they had filed for a workplace election -- a balloting process unlike voting in an American political context that has been compared to "illegitimate charades staged by authoritative regimes outside of democratic nations."
So why are these workers inviting what is seemingly a fixed fight?