Monday, May 16, 2011

It's time for Right to Work legislation

In Saskatchewan, as in many other places across North America, you must join the union if a workplace is unionized.  Not only that, you must pay the union dues, even if you don't agree with some of the things that the union leadership does.

Such is the dilemma facing a union member who doesn't support the NDP in Saskatchewan or the Liberals in Ontario.

Why then, doesn't a union member challenge that law?  Sadly, I already knew the answer before I typed the question - members won't challenge the law, they won't refuse to contribute, they won't do anything to rock the boat because their "brothers and sisters" would make life absolutely difficult if they did. 

And so as a result, SGEU members will now get to contribute 26.6% more to their union, not because the union is going to do something that benefits all members, but because the union is going to spend that money on advertising that runs counter to some of their members' beliefs.  I hope that the next labour change on the plate will be the right to refuse union membership in a workplace - it's time for a change.

1 comment:

  1. And as always you can hear that harpy Morin screeching in the background!!