Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:00 PM
Omaha Steve (41,468 posts)
This Lawmaker In Michigan Really Cuts Through The B.S. With Her GOP Coworkers
Published on Dec 6, 2012
Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday blasted Republicans for pushing "right to work" legislation through the state legislature.
The bill would prohibit unionized workplaces from requiring workers to contribute money to the union. The Michigan AFL-CIO has dubbed the legislation the "Freedom to Freeload bill" because it allows workers to benefit from collective bargaining agreements without being paying members of the union.
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)
Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:22 PM
1StrongBlackMan (12,291 posts)
1. This ...
it allows workers to benefit from collective bargaining agreements without being paying members of the union.
Certainly appeal to the teaparty element in the workplace.
Oh how I wish a union would announce their intent to negotiate with management to establish a two-tier compensation package; one for its membership and a second package, based on the market wages and benefits in non-union shops.
This will certainly protect the employees' choice to not be a paying member ... that is what this is all about; an employees' freedom of choice, right?
Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #1)
Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:58 PM
freshwest (43,869 posts)
3. Yes, I remember having to represent scabs who mocked us on the picket line.
After we came back, they got the benefits we'd gone without pay to maintain for all. They had fancied themselves the pets of management who were very cozy with them during the strike.
That state of affairs quickly disintegrated as the bosses no longer needed their allegiance. They thought they'd be moving up into management; but they weren't qualified for it before, nor after the strike. But the contract is negotiated for the whole, so we had to show solidarity and help them when they wanted to file a grievance.
But almost always, their complaints were petty and illogical, based on a feeling of being entitled to break employment rules and we lost some. But they still didn't pay union dues and they were still only looking out for #1.
I felt sympathy for those who were really petrified and that's the reason they didn't go out on. They laid low and didn't act up before or after the strike. But the others were the kind you couldn't trust.