In September, the UAW four-year contract once again comes up for renewal. While many of the normal contract issues will be on the table, the negotiations this year will be the most unusual — and critically important — that the union has ever had to face. The upcoming contract debates will show workers whether the UAW is willing to boldly change with the times.
Because of past actions of UAW officials, and that Michigan is now a right-to-work state, those at the helm of the union have much to fear. Many workers feel no benefit from union membership or are angry that their dues are used to fund a far-left political agenda. After the contract expires, they will be free to exercise the rights, freedoms and protections that come from the right-to-work law passed in 2012. The union may try intimidation or legal and strategic tactics to deny workers their rights, but ultimately they cannot stop the inevitable growth of freedom and choice in the workplace...
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As a UAW member who spent all day on the grounds of the Capitol, I remember being awestruck when I received the phone call that the Governor had signed the bill. At long last, Michigan was the newest home for workplace freedom. I could not stop smiling.
Since then, union officials have repeatedly confirmed why workers needed the protections granted to them with the new bill. It also confirms that our battle is far from over, and it’s time to get back to work...
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|Union Conservatives 'Blasts' UAW Executives for considering Dues Increase
Union member organization demands Accountability and Transparency
(Ypsilanti, Mi., 12/5/13) -Terry Bowman, president and founder of Union Conservatives, a non-profit organization with members in 35 states, today blasted UAW officials for considering an outrageous 25% dues increase on their already burdened membership. "This blatant notion by UAW officials to outsource their failed policies onto the backs of hard-working members will not go unanswered," vowed Bowman, a 17-year UAW member who works for Ford Motor Co. "If UAW executives go down this ruinous path, we will put forth a call to action to the membership to publicly demand the UAW opens its books to a 3rd party auditor. We will find out exactly what union officials are spending our money on, and why they have not instead looked at deep cuts in expenses."
Bowman, who in 2012 testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. in a hearing entitled, "The Right to Choose: Protecting Workers from Forced Political Contributions", is concerned that the UAW may be padding their coffers in anticipation for spending large amounts on the 2014 political season. "As union workers, we have seen the expensive evidence of failed UAW political actions in 2012 such as the disastrous fight to pass proposal 2, and the bizarre and image-damaging attempt to create an 'Occupy' type grassroots movement called the '99% spring'. We remind UAW executives that up to 40% of their membership base disagrees with their political agenda, and we will remind those workers of their 'Beck' rights and the upcoming opportunity for Michigan workers to exercise their protections under the new Right to Work law."
As the nation's 24th Right to Work state, UAW members in Michigan can opt-out of the union beginning when their contracts expire; for auto workers that is not until September, 2015. "Beck" rights relate to a 1988 Supreme Court case entitled: The Communication Workers of America v. Beck. The Supreme Court ruled that workers should not have to pay for unwanted union political activity, and gave workers an avenue that requires first resigning their union membership, and then only paying an 'agency' fee which is supposed to be devoid of any political spending.
Bowman also vows to educate workers in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi of the proposed increase in union dues. "For workers in the southern states, this additional information will give them extra ammunition to fight back against continued attempts by union organizers to ignore worker's desires to remain non-union."
Describing exact actions, Bowman said that if there is any dues increase, Union Conservatives would:
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Have you ever wondered how Union Conservatives was started?
President and founder Terry Bowman reveals the beginnings of Union Conservatives during this 1-hour radio interview with host of
"The American Dream", Jay McNally
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December 11, 2012
Michigan becomes the nation's 24th Right to Work State