Harrisburg June 20, 2017, 1 P.M.: Right-To-Work Is Wrong Rally

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  1. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    I think our Fair - Share fees at Local #30 are more than a penny. I think they are about 18% less than regular dues.
     
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  2. buffalobill

    buffalobill Well-Known Member

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    That's good. It's pathetic it comes to this, but there are barns that don't want to be union, but are. The weak contract reflects it. It's a selling point, at this day and age, it's like a money back guarantee. I don't know of many guys who are too cheap to pay for good service.
     
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  3. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Is it literally 1 penny? That could be troublesome for the offending local if one of their indigents got learned. According to the Beck laws they have to compose a complete accounting of their activities and provide their conscientious objectors with a copy of it once a year. Failure to do so is serious business.
     
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  4. joes bar and grill

    joes bar and grill Well-Known Member

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    I think what he is saying is fees are 1 cent less than dues, but I may be wrong
     
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  5. buffalobill

    buffalobill Well-Known Member

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    That's what I've heard, paying agency fees at certain locals is only a penny less.
     
  6. buffalobill

    buffalobill Well-Known Member

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    Iirc, the agency fees only keep you from paying for political action funds, and if a local stays out of politics, that's the loophole.
     
  7. Dick Dastardly

    Dick Dastardly Drat, Double Drat, and Triple Drat!

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    Unions don't have to represent those who aren't members in right to work states. The unions make that choice by requesting exclusive representation rights.


    As a quid pro quo for the right of exclusivity, the union is required to represent all employees in the bargaining unit, whether or not they are union members, fairly, in good faith, and without hostility or discriminatory or arbitrary conduct.
     
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  8. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    Yep, And Dick, we believe this happens too, don't we?
     
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  9. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Close but it includes all political activities, not just PAC's. Actually, they are not allowed to use any union funds to support politicians, that is why they have PAC's and the IBT has DRIVE. I can't say for sure what constitutes a political activity but I think that canaryinthemine is close with his 82% figure for dues for a conscientious objector. In a non RTW state it would not behoove a member to withhold that little amount and forfeit what union rights we have.
     
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  10. Dick Dastardly

    Dick Dastardly Drat, Double Drat, and Triple Drat!

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    I'm not sure I understand your question. You mean fair representation? No, of course not. You get what you pay for. However, if a union successfully represents a non paying worker who's to say they don't make him a believer, so to speak. Maybe then he or she will realize the benefits of representation and sign up.
     
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  11. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    We had one guy who had requested Fair Share dues tell someone that the money saved would get him 2 extra 6 packs a month.

    Some people really have their priorities straight........
     
  12. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    What I meant was, two types of representation, we had a nonpayer who learned the hard way.
    Lost his case and his job, another member almost the same deal, gets a warning letter.
     
  13. buffalobill

    buffalobill Well-Known Member

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    And what say you of the shops where there are never greivances, and the company uses the contract like toilet paper?
     
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  14. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Decisions, decisions, which evil shall I choose?

    Edit: On the other hand, at least I'd be thankful I have a job. :hilarious:
     
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  15. Dick Dastardly

    Dick Dastardly Drat, Double Drat, and Triple Drat!

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    Like I said above, you get what you pay for. My local operated on the basis of everyone gets one. If they save your ass once and you don't come around, tough.
     
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  16. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Every local and agent could well yield different results. I've heard the phrase, "You have to provide representation, you don't have to provide competent representation", and I would expect many to not put too much effort into it for a non member. It could also come back to bite them in the ass.
     
  17. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    If the company uses the contract like toilet paper, it's only because no one cares enough to enforce it.

    If a BA shuts you down on a good grievance,...... go to the executive board. If they shut you down, go to the Labor board. Document everything people tell you.

    A contract is legal and binding. If you push hard enough, everyone stays on the right side of the law.

    I said I had gotten threatened by a steward 30 years ago to leave a job. It was MY lack of courage back then that didn't make me sink my teeth into that job and fight out of principles sake....

    Try threatening me now.........I'm too old to worry about my "good" looks getting messed up........
     
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    buffalobill Well-Known Member

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    What about when the contract is so crappy the grievance language stresses handling the problem with the company, and only come to the union as a last resort. With language like that, no one should be suprised when there is no caring.
     
  19. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    If it's acknowledged by just about everyone in the bargaining unit that the grievance language is crappy,......... then you can petition to re-open the contract and re-negotiate that language.

    It's not easy,..... but you've got to remember, the company WANTS you to throw your hands up in despair, and not bother to try and change things. That's part of their strategy.......

    In barns where guys DO care, and put the time and effort in,....... they are rewarded with a good, honest contract .......... in spite of the companies efforts to make things difficult and time-consuming.

    Big Business strategy counts on the new American non-volunteering, non-involved, don't bother me, I'm too busy watching football/WWF/ baseball/cartoons/ NASCAR to worry about something as mundane as how I get paid and work rules.......

    BOOORING!
     
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  20. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    Didn't want to sound flippant in that last post, Brother,..... I know how hard it is to start an organizing drive, and try to keep everyone supporting you in that drive.

    You have my respect if you tried to organize and gain a first contract.
     
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