Conservative groups go after union members
A Nevada organization and some high-profile partners want to show them how to opt out.
They're union workers, and 60 conservative groups in 35 states have begun a national campaign to tell them they have the right to opt out. The campaign, launched Sunday, comes courtesy of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a libertarian think tank that's recently been prodding members of the state's Clark County Education Association to opt out of their unions.
The coalition of conservative would-be union busters includes such high-powered Pinkertons as the Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, and the conservative Workforce Fairness Institute. In chatting with The Wall Street Journal, they stop just short of accusing unions of withholding opt-out information for workers. They instead claim that information is buried in union contracts and that their group is just performing a public service.
To what end? That's not exactly clear. Union membership has declined from 20% of the U.S. workforce 30 years ago and from 17.7 million workers to 14.4 million over the same span. Missing from what the Nevada Policy Research Institute calls its "counterbalance of information," however, are just a few key bits of information.
For one, federal labor law already prohibits workers from being forced into unions or any other organization they're ideologically opposed to. For another, even if workers opt out in a union shop -- as 15.9 million nonunion U.S. workers have -- they're still receiving the pay and benefits the union negotiates for. They're just not paying for that negotiation.
For another, they're not being told that union workers, on average, make $943 a week. Even nonunion workers represented by a union in their shop pull in $933 each week. Their nonunion counterparts, however, make only $742 a week.
So when the Nevada Policy Research Institute dumps $25,000 into Employee Freedom Week and gets a few dozen other like-minded groups to beat the same drum, it's not espousing "freedom" from the tyranny of unions themselves. It's freedom from 21% of an average paycheck and from collective bargaining with management.
Every American worker has the right to choose between the two, but it helps to have all the information in proper balance.
The folks in this country that hate Workers have used every excuse in the Book from making bogus claims about Marxism to just about anything else they can lay their lying hands on. It's all misdirection to keep everyone that actually works confused while they Rob us Blind. In plain sight.
In 1914 Henry Ford pushed and got $5 a day wages for his workers because he wanted to
keep his talent.He was called a socialist,a communist,etc,etc.The shareholders wanted to kill
him.They were all wrong.His company was #1 for years because of his ideas.
Conservative groups targeting Unions, you say?
Whoa. Did NOT see that coming...
Over the past decades unions have helped bring wages, safety, and some improved fairness to the workplace. The key word is PAST. Somewhere along the way they strayed into extortion, political and often criminal enterprises, bankrupt major industries, cities and states. Public unions shoiuld never have been allowed to exist but vote buying politicians went along with it and now you are seeing one disaster after another. One comes to mind. The Chicago school system where only 10% of students read or write at their grade level, yet they were on strike demanding more and the mayor caved in.
Many public unions are bringing municipalities to financial ruin and still demanding MORE. Look no farther than Detroit as an example of a predictable outcome of unions and politicians feeding at the same trough.
There are hundreds of situations like this in the country that will not be able to keep kicking the can down the road as they do now. The bill will come due.
So many people have so many misconstrued ideas and opinions..about Unions..
NOT so much here, but Americans in General.
Workers groups and unions were formed, basically to "humanize the workplace" it wasn't always about money..
Unions were the answer to "Un-Fettered Capitalism" that had run Amok, where an Industrialized Nation being born, could take advantage of uneducated workers, in very similar ways of how Afrikaaner slaves were treated in the Southern States..Low wages, no benefits, owe your soul to company store or live in Company housing..Most monies went around in a circle...Coming back to the Man.
Workers very seldom got ahead and only existed, to serve...Shades of Europe and the Elitist ideas.
A lower Prolitarian Class and the Upper Class.
With the advent of worker's groups, conditions improved; Better wages, lesser hours(unless compensated), better working conditions for women, elimination of children from the workplace.
Better safety regulations ensued, healthcare was increased(yes Mirage) with better benefits and sick time eventually, vacation time(paid) and eventual pension plans other compensations followed after decades..
The Capitalism and Conservatives(wealthy) labeled the Groups Communist, Marxist and a lesser term of Socialist, attempting to sway "popular opinion" amongst Americans in general and the Politico in power...That the groups would bring down America and destroy the very basis of Capitalism that was giving the U.S. it's strength....It eventually failed at the attempts.
There were battles and many crimes committed against Union groups and Organizers, with Law enforcement and Government "turning a blind eye." In the 20s-40s.
Because of all this and that, the "working men and women" were pulled up by their bootstraps and brastraps to form a Middle Class and America has become a much more powerful Nation, building on Pride, stronger families, beliefs and a "sense of self" and accomplishments.
Capitalism was never really detered per se, but was somewhat forced to share the bounty by or with the people that help provide or build it..Productions were increased immensly, fortunes have been made and America has a "standard of living" that few other Nations enjoy..
And "nothing" is for the worst, because of it...Do you? or Who do you know that really wants to go back to the "old ways"??
In my hometown, because of the unions, a teacher must be given tenure after three years, meaning they can't get fired unless they actively do something terrible. They can't be fired for being a poor employee.
They get to retire at 55 if they want and continue to receive 80-90% of their salary after retirement. They can then get another job and continue to receive the 80%.
They demand and usually get all cost of living increases, when private sector employees get wage freezes.
Should you be forced to join a union? No way in hell.
If you are forced for some reason to join a union, should you be forced to pay dues? No way in hell.
If you voluntarily join a union should you be forced to pay dues? Yes, of course.
Union members should have the final say on what gets done with their dues. But that's up to each union. If you don't like what they do with YOUR money, quit or become a union boss.
American businesses could be much more competitive globally if they didn't have to deal with Unions. The American economy could be much more efficient if it did not have to deal with public sector unions. That is why people oppose them.
To those of you who say jobs have moved oversees because of corporate greed, here are some questions for you.
How far out of your way are you willing to go to buy American?
How much more are you willing to pay to buy American?
Is it really corporate greed or union and worker greed that caused jobs to move out of this country?
How many benefits are you willing to give up to have some of these jobs back?
How many of you have agreed with government over-regulation of business?
How many of you have stood side-by-side with your employer to fight over regulation?
I’m sure I can answer for most of the complainers.
unions were necessary in the past. they are now counterproductive. ever been to a union job site? "oh I can't turn that valve, i'm in maintenance and not operations" then you sit there and wait 2 hours until someone with a proper title comes over and turns the valve.
or you do 5 minutes of labor to keep a project moving along and a union member finds out you did labor and files a "greiv" or whatever saying you took 8 hours of labor from him.
"[U]nion busters includes such high-powered Pinkertons as the Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, and the conservative Workforce Fairness Institute."
. . . Just some of our domestic Taliban longing for the time when you didn't have to pay the help at all.
"For one, federal labor law from being forced into unions or any other organization they're ideologically opposed to. "
it may be the law, but it most certainly NOT enforced. How many closed union shops are there in public school districts? Any state not right to work, right?
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