The Research Methodology We Use at Labor 411
We’re asked all the time, what’s the criterion for getting listed in Labor 411? It’s simple: Jobs. Creating good middle class jobs right here in America. Any company that creates jobs that value its workers and has a collective bargaining agreement covering some of its workforce -- whether it’s Tootsie Rolls or the W Hotel in Hollywood -- gets listed in Labor 411.
How do we go about verifying our lists? That’s a bit more complicated, but we’re proud of our 4-point research methodology that we’ve developed under our newly restructured research department. Here is what it takes to be listed in our directory:
- Government databases - Labor 411 researchers scour over 200,000 government records, cross indexing 4 different government databases that house information on collective bargaining agreements, including the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (F-7 notices), the Office of Labor-Management Standards (for contracts covering 1,000 or more workers), the National Mediation Board (railroads & airlines), and Security and Exchange Commission filings.
- International and Local Union databases - We cross index that information with listings on our International and local web sites, when available. Plus we reach out to our unions each year to send us lists of their contracts and products they produce.
- Media reports - We comb the Internet, looking for local and national news reports on labor and contract disputes. This coverage is often helpful in identifying locals and the history of companies in the community, sometimes aggregating information from various sources.
- Phone calls and emails. Lots of them. To the unions, to the companies, to the Internationals asking them to verify our listings. Every year, our researchers log over 1,000 phone calls and emails to ensure the accuracy of our information.