Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wisconsin unions argue that workers are their property

The labor movement has perversely devolved from its noble start of protecting "the little guy" into calling workers its property.

Do workers need a union to protect them from being property of another union? Perhaps they do. Better yet, workers should decide regularly if they want to be union members.

On Monday Wisconsin's reform governor, Republican Scott Walker, signed into law a right-to-work bill--which Big Labor of course opposes.

From the Capital Times:
Machinists Local Lodge 1061, United Steelworkers District 2 and the Wisconsin AFL-CIO filed a lawsuit against the state of Wisconsin on Tuesday, the day after Gov. Scott Walker signed the contentious bill into law.

The unions argue that the law results in an unconstitutional taking of their property [emphasis mine] without just compensation and that enforcing the law would cause them irreparable harm.

A hearing is scheduled for March 19 before Dane County Circuit Judge C. William Foust. Unions are also asking the court to permanently prevent the implementation of the law.

The unions' argument hinges on a concept called "duty of fair representation." Under federal labor law, if a union is the exclusive bargaining representative of workers in a particular group, it is required to represent all employees in a workplace, whether or not they belong to the union.


Anonymous said...

The property being taken is MONEY(emphasis mine). So don't quit your day job, counselor. Those burgers aren't going to flip themselves.

John Ruberry said...

And the money comes from whom?

Anonymous said...

Once the workers elect a union, the money comes from ALL the workers, whom the union is required by federal law to represent. Members who don't want political use of their money, are required to pay only the cost of representation, contract negotiation, grievance disputes, etc. That is their fair share.They do NOT pay for any political activity. They are not allowed to effectively invalidate an election by not paying dues, any more than anyone in any democracy can if they do not like the result of an election by NOT PAYING TAXES FOR THE SERVICES (ROADS, BRIDGES, FIRE AND POLICE PROTECTION, ETC, ETC) THAT THEY USE.
In rat-to-work states, such as Wisconsin, the money comes from only the non-freeloading members.

So Enjoy your weekend, your 8 hour workday, and everything else the labor union has given you, over a nice piece of cheese.

John Ruberry said...

About five percent of all unionized workers actually voted to join a union. The rest were hired in what was then a closed-shop.

As for political activities, unions do not inform their unwilling members about the Beck Act, which allows them to opt-out of contributing to campaigns they don't agree with--they have to learn about from right-to-work organizations.

If unions were so terrific, workers in all companies would be lining up to join them.

Anonymous said...

There hasn't been a closed shop in the United States since 1947. So, by your 'logic', 95% of union workers are 86 years of age or older.
Enjoy your whine and cheese, rat.

John Ruberry said...

So I can apply to work at the Belvidere Chrysler Assembly near Rockford plant and NOT have dues deducted from my paycheck if I am hired? Or the Ford plant on Chicago's South Side and not have to kick in to the UAW? Tell me more!

Anonymous said...

Let's see where you're at. People are property, and closed shops have magically reappeared after 50 years gone.
You don't have to apply there at all, cheese-eater. You'd only do it if you want better pay, benefits, and working conditions, all of which were gained by the UAW, and its contributing members. But like the rat you are, you want to free ride, feeding off what others have built. That is conservatism in its truest form: Delusions built on falsehoods pandered to the dim witted.

John Ruberry said...

I guess I made my point based upon your response.

Anonymous said...

If you're point is that you're a completely moronic, cheese-eating, lying rat, it's one that is unnecessary to make.