It is bad enough employers have the "right" to exploit the labor of workers; employers shouldn't have the "right" to determine who should work and who shouldn't work based on any forms of discrimination--- be it age, sex, racial, political thinking & ideology or whether workers are engaged in union organizing activities, drives & campaigns.
Class collaboration among the top circles of leaders of organized labor has prevented a campaign to repeal "At-will hiring and At-will firing" since these labor "leaders" believe employers have more rights than workers and they are for going along to get along with employers which has proven to be detrimental to union organizing as the declining membership in unions proves.
When I introduced a resolution to repeal "At-Will Hiring and At-Will Firing" at the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party's State Convention in Duluth, it was then Minnesota AFL-CIO President Ray Waldron and his little toady, Mark Froemke, who organized opposition to the resolution--- more organizing than either of these labor-fakers have done in their entire lives. This resolution was defeated by about a 70% majority vote which tells us a great deal about the commitment of the Democratic Party for justice for working people; and, it tells us a great deal about why organized labor, while doing the bidding of employers, can't organize Wal-mart, Marvin Windows and Doors, Arctic Cat, Polaris, Digi-Key or any of the other large non-union employers in Minnesota... there is even the huge Northshore mining operation that Cleveland Cliffs operates that the huge United Steel Workers Union hasn't been able to organize because all the rank-and-file organizers keep getting fired because of "At-Will." Then there was the failed Canal Park organizing fiasco where organized labor couldn't even organize a couple hotels... again, because of "At-Will Employment."
Not one single Democratic Party politician has had the moral or political courage to take on the repeal of "At-Will Employment." What does this tell us about the Democratic Party and labor?
When I first brought forward Precinct Caucus resolutions to repeal "At-Will Employment" here in Minnesota I was told by every single sitting member of the DFL Caucus in the State Legislature that the obstacle was Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty. Well, now there is a Democratic Party super-majority with a billionaire Democratic governor supported by the Rockefellers claiming to be sympathetic to organized labor and the State Senate leader is Tom Bakk who claims to be a leader of the Building and Construction Trades unions and working people can't even get a hearing on the repeal of "At-will hiring and At-will firing." Of course, these same labor loving Democrats left Minnesota's Minimum Wage at $6.25 an hour, too; below the Minimum Wages of Mississippi and even North Carolina and Wisconsin.
Not one single labor "leader" from Change To Win or AFL-CIO unions in Minnesota has brought forward the need to repeal "At-will hiring; At-will firing;" why not? Because they fear a struggle with employers and their Democratic Party partners over this issue.
Unless At-will hiring and At-will firing are both confronted at the same time I doubt we can successfully replace At Will Employment with "Just Cause" because workers of color, women and the youth understand that they will remain the last hired and never get jobs in the first place... this is why for over 40 years I have pushed the idea that we need to challenge the "rights" of employers over hiring and firing. Here in Minnesota, fair employment hiring could take place through the Minnesota Workforce Centers with these government centers matching workers to employment opportunities; why would any employer not want to get employees through these centers which employ professionals? One reason only--- employers want complete control over workers and their work-forces.
The repeal of "At-will hiring; At-will firing" is all about justice and democracy... it is all about workers, who are human beings, forced by economic circumstances and an unjust economic system being entitled to human rights.
The "Doctrine of At Will Employment" has to go--- it is a thoroughly reactionary concept dating back to the days of the emerging industrial industrial revolution when employers believed they had the "right" to treat workers like shit.
Here is an interesting perspective deserving of wide discussion: