Posted 28 September 2012 - 12:55 PM
there are a bunch of different roles being played in union/ownership negotiations. there's your good cop/bad cop dynamic, your attack dogs (richardson), etc.
the whole concept of a union is based on leveraging the power of labor collectively against the much more concentrated power of ownership. poo's going to get ugly and there are players who fall all over the spectrum on both sides. union/business relationships are always antagonistic and it's supposed to be that way because both are trying to protect the interests of the in-group. typically what the union wants (usually more pay, more benefits, etc.) isn't what ownership wants (usually more hours, less pay, fewer benefits, etc.). union bosses or business men who roll over easily are not going to last long. thus, there's a lot of scrapping, fighting, and posturing until things get hammered out.