UNION MYTHS

UNION MYTHS

Union Myths

  1. Unions are outdated.
    1. Untrue- The workforce that unions traditionally service have shifted due to global economic reasons and Labor laws. As our country moves into another direction, they too must shift. Unions are adjusting to the new career demands and are growing as workers realize the value.
  2. Unions are bad for economic growth.
    1. Wrong- States with a higher union density are the wealthier states.
  3. Employers are highly regulated by state and federal laws. They are now required to sit and consider the workers needs and concerns, making the work environment much friendlier and cohesive.
    1. Not True- Employers are almost always going to make their decision based on profit and ease of application. Negotiating a contract between a company and its’ employees creates an environment where both sides have equal say. The outcome which has to be voted in by its membership is a legal agreement binding both sides to the contract. Once done, it eases conflict.
  4. Unions cause more conflict than harmony.
    1. Again, not true- Once a contract is negotiated; it lays the rules down that make more fair environment. It keeps management from treating some better than others.
  5. Pay and benefits for both union and non-union shops have equaled out.
    1. Don’t be fooled- Pay has only become competitive in locations where either the company is fighting to keep unions out or where their competitors are already union. It’s the only way to keep worker retention. If unions were to move into low union density areas, the surrounding pay would go up. Schools, roads and public services would benefit tremendously. This truth is what drives corporations to merge as a group in order to combine their resources and fight unionism everywhere. They write and fund right-to-work and anti-union laws in order to keep control.
jwoodward@iamaw.org

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