You may be questioning why we believe so strongly that we should remain union free.
Here is why we think it is in your best interest and the company’s to stay union free:
You have no guarantees. With a union, all current wages, benefits and working conditions are subject to negotiations. They could go up, stay the same, or go down.
Unions can and do trade away your benefits in bargaining to get things important to the union, like dues check off (the union’s right to take dues out of your pay before you get paid).
We are in an extremely competitive industry and depend on fostering good relations with customers.
Customers may not want to risk their business with a company that is unionized and could face potential work stoppages.
Unions cannot change marketplace realities or the current work environment, no matter what they promise.
Management and employees may lose flexibility in a union environment. Due to contract restrictions, management may lose its ability to treat you as individuals on numerous issues.
You can lose “freedom” and, in some cases, “privacy” in a union environment when they must bring their issues through the union and their shop stewards who then decide what to take to management. This can result in favoritism.
The presence of a union could change relationships between managers, supervisors and employees.
Unions may control members by union rules and regulations, called “bylaws” that they write and interpret. For example, if you try to get rid of the union or cross a picket line, you could be disciplined by the union.
In a union shop, you could be forced to pay dues. If you do not want to pay these fees, you risk the union demanding your termination.