By Gretschman for Occupy World Writes
When the Great Recession struck with full force in 2008, many companies demanded deep concessions.
Workers across North America, including thousands of IBEW members, made numerous sacrifices to help their employers make it through those tough times.
Since then the economy has made a major turnaround — but most of its benefits are going to the top 1 percent of earners.
Profits have hit an all-time high. At the same time, wages as a percent of the economy have hit an all-time low.
Even at unionized companies, IBEW negotiators are confronting cash-rich employers who have replaced mutually beneficial collective bargaining with a winner-take-all, adversarial relationship — an approach some union activists are calling “hard bargaining.” Continue reading