There is the other side of that problem though, forcing people to join a group who may side with groups they oppose, especially in politics.
On the one hand, the employee gets the rights negotiated by the union.
On the other hand, the employee is forced to join a group who opposes their views.
Is either situation fair?
The only real solution is, if you make joining compulsory, you prohibit the union from any activity not directly related to the work environment, period. The representation is equal.
My husbands union was founded because employers were pushing the limits of workers, putting them in jeopardy in what was already a very dangerous work environment.
In 30+ years I never heard my husband or another union member ever complain about paying union dues, the PAC was not mandatory, they were all very grateful that they had a union that worked hard to get great benefits and better working conditions for the members.
One minor quibble is that workers are not technically forced to join the union itself - although they may be compelled to pay fees to that union to offset the cost of collective bargaining only. This distinction is usually misunderstood and it is not helped by payroll deductions on pay stubs that indicate "dues" when they should indicate "fees".
Fees payers pay only for the cost of collective bargaining because they receive the same benefits that might result from the collective bargaining. in reality, these people may be upset because their unions have accepted massive concessions in this recession. For example, MD state employees have gone without COLAs, raises, increments etc for 6 years, and have lost benefits as well. This was considered preferable to more mass layoffs. The unions listened to their membership at meetings and then accepted the concessions at what passes for collective bargaining here. The complaining fees payers, not being members, don't attend union meetings.
Actual dues paying union members are eligible for benefits that the union itself provides. Some of the best benefits are the pre-paid legal representation or occupational liability insurance (what realtors call Errors & Omissions, or E&O insurance). Those professions in which the worker is vulnerable to personal lawsuits are highly represented in unions for this reason. I don't know one state tax assessor who flys without a parachute - every one I know is a union member to get this occupational liability insurance.
Looks like they ID'd the thug member of the Pro-Obama, Democrat voting Union who violently attacked and punched the Fox news guy.
From Skeeter on the Free Republic:
" I read somewhere that the guy who threw the punches is Tony Cummings...
On June 1, Tony Cummings, former financial secretary for United Steelworkers of America Local 735, was indicted in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for one count of theft in the amount of $6,451 from the Cleveland-based union and 10 counts of forgery. The charges follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Tony Cummings Union Corruption Update United Steelworkers of America (USW) Carl Horowitz's blog "
Last edited by The Shadow; 12-12-2012 at 03:55 PM.
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