You don't need a union because we'll take care of you.
may improve in the short term, but without a contract as soon as the effort to
organize is over, things frequently return to where they were or even worse.
is hinting that we could lose the benefits we now have.
purpose of forming a union is to win improvements in wages and benefits, not to
lose them. We start with what we have and go up. On average, unionized workers earn a third more than non-union workers
in wages and benefits. Occasionally in organized facilities workers
agree to grant concessions to aid an ailing company, but this comes after years
of winning improvements.
The employees vote on whether or not to accept a contract. Would you vote to
accept a contract that took away your benefits? Think about it. If having a
union meant that the employer could reduce your benefits, why would the
employer be fighting the union so hard?
Besides, it is against the law for the employer to retaliate against the union
by taking away wages or benefits.
says unions are bad and corrupt.
employer would like you to think that unions are corrupt. The truth is that
unions are decent, honest organizations dedicated to improving the lives of
Nothing is perfect, and there have been examples of union officials who have
not been honest. But the same is true of government officials and business
leaders. There are a few bad apples in any group of people.
Telling you not to vote for a union because there have been some corrupt
officials is like telling you never to work for a company because a company
official has been corrupt.
The employer says the union can't
guarantee us anything.
union can guarantee this: that when workers stick together as a union they have
more bargaining power and more of a voice than they do as individuals.
When the union wins, you will negotiate a contract with the employer. We can
make no promises on what the contract will contain. That is for you to decide
when you vote on your contract. We can guarantee that the contract will be
legally binding, and the union will make sure the contract is enforced.
Management says the union is just after
our dues money.
are used to run your union and keep it strong. The dues are divided between the
local union and the national union. The money is used to provide expert
services to your local union, including negotiators, lawyers, economists, and
educators; to pay the salaries of officers and staff, including organizers; to
provide newsletters and conferences. The local union's money is used for
reimbursing stewards for lost time, for the union hall, and for other expenses
of your union.
Did you know that the employer also pays dues to organizations? Employers have
their own ''unions" - such as the Chamber of Commerce or the National
Association of Manufacturers. They pay for representation-why shouldn't you?
Besides, since when is the company so concerned about your money?
has hinted there will be a strike if we organize.
talks a lot about strikes during an organizing drive. Did they tell you that
over 98% of union contracts are settled
without a strike? There could only be a strike if the employees
vote for the strike. And it's only smart to vote for a strike if you know you
can win. The employer doesn't want a strike any more than the workers do, so
everyone has an incentive to reach a compromise during bargaining.
Unions have developed a lot of other tactics that can put pressure on
management to reach a fair agreement. For example, unions use boycotts or
corporate campaigns or community support, rather than necessarily having to
resort to striking.