Union organizers only care about union-dues

Opinion: Send these union interlopers packing

Why do AFSCME and the UAW want to unionize workers at the University of New Hampshire? If you work at UNH and don't have a clue, you are not alone. For that matter, it appears union organizers are just as clueless. And that alone should be a strong indication as to how UNH employees should vote.

For months now, union organizers have been pounding the pavement — visiting campus offices during employee lunch breaks and knocking on doors at workers' homes. It was during one of these “house calls” it became abundantly clear that unionization efforts at UNH have nothing to do with the good of the employees — just the union.

The long and short of a conversation that ensued during one of these home visits was that the unions don't have a clue about what is going on at UNH — the good or the bad. And they don't seem too concerned.

While the unions pound the pavement for votes, UNH is struggling with a multimillion-dollar deficit. COLSA is going through a massive reorganization to save money and better address student and staff needs. Cost-cutting efforts have been extended campuswide in an attempt to hold down tuition increases and maintain a stable work force.

Yet despite all this, UNH has been fair — some might argue more than fair — in providing cost-of-living increases to staff members along with a merit pay pool tied to a comprehensive employee evaluation system.

A review of union literature finds few references, if any, to these and other issues challenging the future of UNH and all its workers — unionized or not. And neither are these issues apparently being addressed during union “house calls.”

The only semi-cogent reason given for UNH workers to unionize has been to protect workers' rights and somehow make working conditions better.

But what rights and whose working conditions?

Again, don't ask the union. Through their literature and in the field, it is apparent their people don't have a clue. They certainly don't offer specifics.

And as if to add insult to injury, when asked what this protection — needed or not — would cost, guesses — yes, plural — range from a few dollars a month to over $1,000 a year.

Let's face it, any worker in any business — public or private — can find something to complain about. It's not a perfect world and there are only so many dollars to go around. But no employee should cut off their nose despite their face by joining a union.

The bottom line at UNH is that employees are being asked by the union to gamble with their hard-earned money. They are being asked to turn their backs on an employer who has been good — and fair — to them.

Those approached to sign union cards should not be swayed by vague promises backed by little substance.

And for anyone who has succumbed to the union sales pitch, it is not too late. Call and write the union; rescind your vote. And when you do, don't take no for an answer.

Send these union interlopers packing without wasting as much as a dime on their self-serving recruitment efforts.

UNH does not need another union; neither the university nor its employees can afford the damage one will do.


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