View Poll Results: How many here belong to a union?

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  • I have worked my whole career while in a union

    9 10.98%
  • I belong to one currently

    15 18.29%
  • I have never and would never join one

    34 41.46%
  • I used to be in one but not now

    24 29.27%
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Thread: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    This is funny. You claim that the average non-union worker can't afford a lawyer..particularly if they get fired and yet you totally discount the same arguement (that of being too poor) being applied to moving to a different area where unions are not in control.

    This is a constant thing with those that argue for keeping unions as they are today in the US. They use one arguement and then when that same arguement is used against them they discount that arguement.
    Unions are not "in control." No one HAS to join a union. Just like in a RTW state, no one is forced NOT to join a union. That argument is just kind of stupid, and I am not using it.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Who in this thread has said that? Legalized extortion sure. But do violence? Hmm....
    Perhaps it's you who needs to read the thread. A poster most certainly said that unions use violence to further their agenda.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    And yet you lump all employers into the same catagory? Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.
    No, you're wrong. I did not lump all employers in the same category anywhere in this thread.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Can't respond to all of this...gotta get to work. But for this....I work at an answering service. One of our clients takes cases for illegal aliens. She is not court appointed.
    How do you know?

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    In many states and in various areas of employment, union membership is not optional.

    Many federal government contracts now even require usage of union employees.

    Saying no one has to join a union is similar to saying no one has to pay taxes. To avoid taxes a person only has to have no income. In many areas, to claim a person does not have to join and given money to a union is the same claim.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    My response to the poll question is not among the options. I have never belonged to a union. I would join if required to keep my job.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    In many states and in various areas of employment, union membership is not optional.

    Many federal government contracts now even require usage of union employees.

    Saying no one has to join a union is similar to saying no one has to pay taxes. To avoid taxes a person only has to have no income. In many areas, to claim a person does not have to join and given money to a union is the same claim.
    If I'm not mistaken, that is not allowed. Anyone has can opt out of being a union member. I think there was a court case about that. I'll have to look for that later.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Okay, this is regarding public sector unions.

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    A public-sector union’s requirement that nonmembers opt out of paying a special fee for the purpose of financing the union’s political and ideological activities violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 21, 2012, (Knox v. SEIU, No. 10-1121).

    Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito noted that, “Public-sector unions have the right under the First Amendment to express their views on political and social issues without government interference. But employees who choose not to join a union have the same rights.”

    Therefore, he continued, when a public-sector union imposes a special assessment or dues increase, it “may not exact any funds from nonmembers without their affirmative consent.” Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia Jr., Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas joined in the opinion, while Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg concurred in the judgment but filed a separate concurring opinion. Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan dissented from the ruling.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    I'm not a union member and never have been, but I'm not opposed to it. My particular circumstances have never afforded the opportunity or need.

    I think the default tendency for most is to pursue their own best interests. History has shown humanity is and has been willing to do anything they can get away with in pursuit of their own interests, left unchecked. I support the idea of unions as it has brought about better working conditions and compensation when industry was taking advantage of people because they had all the power, taking the position that said "if you don't like it, get a job somewhere else" when they knew there were no jobs "somewhere else". On the other hand I think unions have abused their power as well, forcing companies into bankruptcy with "unreasonable" demands, ensuring job security for people who don't give 100% and forcing government run monopolies on the American people. I think there's a balance out there somewhere where everyone is invested and the results are a win win for all sides. I personally think allowing hard working employees to earn stock in the company they work for is better than unions but absent that unions might be a second best option if the employer is taking advantage of their position of power over employees who have little options but to accept what they're dealt or be unemployed.
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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    I'm not a union member and never have been, but I'm not opposed to it. My particular circumstances have never afforded the opportunity or need.

    I think the default tendency for most is to pursue their own best interests. History has shown humanity is and has been willing to do anything they can get away with in pursuit of their own interests, left unchecked. I support the idea of unions as it has brought about better working conditions and compensation when industry was taking advantage of people because they had all the power, taking the position that said "if you don't like it, get a job somewhere else" when they knew there were no jobs "somewhere else". On the other hand I think unions have abused their power as well, forcing companies into bankruptcy with "unreasonable" demands, ensuring job security for people who don't give 100% and forcing government run monopolies on the American people. I think there's a balance out there somewhere where everyone is invested and the results are a win win for all sides. I personally think allowing hard working employees to earn stock in the company they work for is better than unions but absent that unions might be a second best option if the employer is taking advantage of their position of power over employees who have little options but to accept what their dealt or be unemployed.
    Good post. I agree that a lot of unions have abused their power, but a lot do not, and a lot of them KNOW that without the employees' voluntary membership, there won't be a union, so yes unions do still fight for the rights of employees for the most part.

    I also think that there are certain unions (probably mostly public sector) that are completely unnecessary, but industries such as the construction industry still have a need for unionizing.

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