Skip to comments.What a Union Looks Like in a RTW State
Posted on 03/27/2014 1:34:04 PM PDT by MichCapCon
As auto manufacturing has shifted to the South, the UAW has made a push to begin unionizing workers in right-to-work states.
The words and actions of union officials are interesting compared to states where workers are still forced to pay money to the union.
On the website for a UAW chapter in Alabama, which is trying to organize workers at a Mercedes-Benz plant, the union writes the following in its FAQ section:
Q: Do I have to join the union? A: First of all remember Alabama is a Right to Work state; therefore, it is totally voluntary whether or not you decide to join the union and pay union dues. If you think your local union is doing a good job representing you and in negotiations for improvements then we hope you will join. If you feel it isnt then it is your right not to join.
Q: Alabama is a "Right to Work" state. What does "Right to Work" mean?
A: The law speaks to one narrow issue. The right to work law means that Mercedes employees have the right to join or not join the union. It is the employee's choice. It does NOT mean that workers in Alabama don't have the right to form unions. They do. In fact, there are many workers all over the country including in Alabama who have strong, effective unions in so-called "right to work" states.
Contrast that with Michigan, where it is said that right-to-work laws "destroy unions," "eliminates the middle class," and will lead to "blood." Where unions harass teachers, intimidate employees who disagree, and freeload off of members with the spending of dues or fees on issues with which they don't agree.
As the UAW branch in Alabama notes, right-to-work laws change nothing about collective bargaining other than making it illegal to fire a worker for not paying money to a union. This choice means the union is more responsive to its membership. If it isn't, well, "it is your right not to join."
In the broader sense, “Right to Work” means that no union can enforce a union membership as a requirement to work at the plant, unlike in many northern states. It’s a limitation on the union as much as a freedom to the worker.
RTW in Michigan has already shown results and will continue to show results in coming years.
RTW states are going to get more businesses. I think Maine will be a RTW state soon, LePage is trying to get it done.
I read something about an Indiana plastics company announcement that they would be opening a shop in Hillsdale county.
While I am FAR from being a UAW supporter, I will give ANYONE, including them, credit, where it is due. In this case they are giving ACCURATE information. If you want, pay the dues, join the union - if not, that is also your right.
Sounds like FREEDOM to me.
The union can still do the traditional, "it would be a shame if you got hurt" sales pitch. I got that warning many decades ago and have never forgiven the evil thugs who run unions.
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