Wednesday, January 9, 2013

An epidemic of lockouts in Minn. caused by union-busting law firm

It takes just one well-compensated law firm to spread plenty of misery in Minnesota. The Minneapolis law firm of Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt appears to be responsible for three -- count 'em three -- lockouts in the Gopher State right now.

Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians were locked out in the fall. And in the Red River Valley, 1,300 skilled workers have been locked out for 17 months by American Crystal Sugar.

Shar Knutson, president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, righteously points out the lockouts hurt workers, employers and communities.

Writing in the Grand Forks Herald, she notes:
The only ones who seem to be benefitting are the employers’ lawyers. 
Good point. And she asks:
Are these attorneys giving their clients the best advice? Will these lockouts leave wounds that are too deep for time to ever heal? 
Good questions.