I was a Union rep for a school district that had not had a raise in salary or benefits in over five years, We were the lowest paid school district in the county and without the union and teachers deciding to stand up and fight we would have stayed there. Mitt Romney, Funny Pics, Election 2014, Politics Image, Funny Mormons, Free Time, Atheist Revolutions, Free Thoughts, Barack Obama
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Due to Industry lobbying, the federal minimum wage for restaurant workers has not been raised for TWENTY YEARS. Vote--and tip big.
private professional athletes are unionized/idolized yet public sector workers (teachers, firefighters, postal carriers) are incessantly attacked for being union. WHY? Anti-union lobbyists campaigned Congress for wallstreet banks (schlepping money to Swiss/Cayman accounts) and for Michigan's bailout of Ford, GM, Chevy (who laid off their workers, stole their pensions, relocated to Mexico) but then lobbied Congress against bailing out Detroit public workers.
No union means you’re an employee-at-will and your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason. Union contracts mean employers can only fire you, change your wages/hours of work for just cause. If you’re in a bargaining unit and your employer recognizes a union as your exclusive representative then regardless if you're a dues paying member (or you pay agency service fees) the union must still represent you *fairly pursuant to certain labor relations laws (i.e. duty of fair representation)