ERA: Putting Workers First

Outdated union thugs only make things worse
Regrettably, although most union officials are law-abiding and responsible, union corruption is a big problem. Between mid-1998 and the end of 2005, 1,238 cases of corruption were documented in 137 unions.

Even today, it’s not uncommon for union leaders to order a strike without a secret ballot vote of their members or to use mandatory union dues to support political candidates without member approval.

When union officials fail to fairly represent the interests of their members, they’re seldom held accountable. That’s because union leadership elections rarely, if ever, offer members a democratic choice between competing candidates. Most union elections just rubber-stamp the previous leadership. Worse, the choice offered to members is only continued union membership.

The Employee Rights Act would guarantee employees the democratic right to a secret vote on continuing the union once every three years. All employees would have the right to choose non-membership.

Nor could a labor union strike without a majority voting by secret ballot to do so. Here, the secret balloting helps prevent unwanted, unnecessary strikes – and lost wages and lost production.

In the case of current members, union dues could not be used for any action unrelated to collective bargaining without employees’ written agreement. Contributions to political campaigns and candidates, for instance, would be disallowed unless the employees formally agree to them.
(full story at jacksonville.com)

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