The TAG blog has a post on a letter a company left for some artists that they were trying to organize. A part of me feels like it’s intimidation, but another part of me feels like it’s motivation.
The general tone I get from the letter is one of that projects “the cautious friend.” I’m not comparing the company to the mob but it kind of reminds me of a scene in some mob movie where the boss comes into the store and says:
Hey we don’t want to see nuthin bad happen to ya. We’re your friend. Capisci?
and you see lines like:
Also, at [the company], employees do not need a union to speak for them. We have an open door policy that gives you the ability to address your concerns one-on-one with management.
Yes they have an open door at the front with an exit sign on top of it. Go there if you have a problem.
The decision you make may be the single most important decision you are asked to make concerning your employment with [the company]
Well I wonder what that means? I hope they aren’t saying they’ll fire people for voting to go union. That’s illegal but what else is new? How is the company supposed to know when all this info is private anyway?
Look, I know this is a form of intimidation but to me I look at this like it’s motivation. Personally, the way this company casually intimidates it’s workers only motivates me to try harder.
I think the letter is funny but a part of me wants to cry because in the end what’s this all about?
Just a group of artists looking to get health and retirement benefits that probably the person who wrote the letter enjoys.
What do you think about the letter?