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

Jeff2853 Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:41 PM
They won't get huge pay increases if the companies can't afford it. Do you think the unions can just dictate what the pay increase may or may not be? How idiotic. Did you read the article? The unions are going to purposely negotiate lower increases/wages and benefits to lock in long term contracts so current union members are locked in to paying dues for the lenght of the contract. Your statement holds no merit whatsoever. Union plant?
MadisonWannabe Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:51 PM
What happens when a company offers higher wages in exchange for dumping some of the union work slow down rules? This would be a winner for both employee and employer, leaving the goonion organizers looking for work, or maybe looking to break some arms?

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...