michael61 saidEveryone in the state has always had the right to work, so this bill doesn't change anything there. But now workers can legally steal from unions and receive all the services and benefits of unions without having to pay anything for it. It's another lawless bill.
Would the alternative be forcing workers to join a union against their wishes and have their union dues go to support sometimes lavish lifestyles of union bosses as well as politicians and causes they don't believe in?
I see no problem, if a worker doesn't want to join union for whatever reason, but then they have to be willing to accept whatever the company wants to give them. They have no right to any of the contract negotiations, which the union negotiated for its members. To receive these oontract negotations from the union, but not pay for them is clearly stealing. They should negotiate their own wages and accept whatever the company wants to pay them, even if it is less then union workers. You can't expect to have your cake and eat it too.
That's one of the benefits of union membership that a non union worker has no entitlements to.
I see no problem with your suggestion. It would be similar to a group of baseball players choosing to have a firm represent them and negotiate in their behalf. In this case, however, companies would be free to undermine the unions by offering the same union negotiated deal to non-union workers. Unions would claim that quitting or not joining the union would be a decision not good for the workers in the long run, but workers would still make the choice. Keeping money instead of spending on union dues would still be a powerful incentive to stay out of the union.
If a company is given the option to pay less to non union workers, they most likely would to take advantage of this to save money on their payroll. If any union member is considering opting out of the union, they may want to reconsider because once you opt out, you may not be able to change your mind later. Whatever decision you make now will be binding on all of your future employment there. You can't opt out and then rejoin later on. Your decision will be permanent for the rest of your employment there. And if you do decide to opt out, keep in mind that if you are unjustly fired, the union will not defend you. And there will be nothing you can do to get your job back. If you are not a union member, the company will not need to share with the union or anyone the reasons why they fired you. If you are not a union member, the company does not even have to have a reason why they terminated your employment. If they don't give you a just reason, you will be able to collect unemployment from the state unemployment fund, but you will not be able to get your job back. Trust me. I know from experience and even saw a lawyer regarding this and he said an employer can terminate any employee at any time without giving you even a reason for the termination. It's one of the reasons why you may want to think twice about not joining the union. If you have a lot of seniority in the company and your wages are high and you opt out of the union, you are a sitting duck and you may just find yourself out on the street someday because you are making too much money and the company wants to hire some new people at a lower pay. I've seen this done many times by employers, so don't think they won't ever do this. They would just as soon put you out on street because you have a lot of seniority and are getting old and they can hire a younger person who can do just as good a job as you for a lot less money. The longer you have worked for a company, the older you are, and the more pay and benefits you are receiving, the more riskier it is for you to get terminated.