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Michigan Unions: Why Help Workers When We Can Help Ourselves?

Gazinya Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 5:51 PM
"Yuz sign da contrak or uz got no job! Capeeshhhh?" Can one say 'under duress'. I don't think holding a signed contract under the threat that if they don't join the union they don't get a job, is not what it used to be.

Following Michigan's adoption of Right to Work legislation, unions, it seems, have decided that their best chance for self-preservation is a good offense...against their own members. The Wall Street Journal reports on a memo revealing that the unions' strategy for combating the law -- which will undoubtedly cost them precious funds, as already-reluctant members opt to quit -- is to target remaining members as they attempt to minimize loss of influence.

That's the message from a December 27-28 memo to local union presidents and board members from Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook, which recommends tactics that unions can...