Look For The Union Label At Ibm?

Organizers are rallying workers angry about pension cuts

For years, Lee F. Conrad was a lonely guy. Sometimes, the only employees he could lure to meetings about unionizing IBM's Endicott (N.Y.) plant were a few buddies. Even in the midst of massive layoffs and corporate downsizing during the early 1990s, Conrad and organizers at other IBM plants couldn't drum up enough supporters to call for a union vote. After a while, he gave up. "I was semiretired from all this," he says.

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