Michigan Politician Speaks Out on “Right-To-Work”

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Kathryn DeHoyos currently resides on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She is the News Editor for the Good Feed Blog and absolutely loves what she does. She is the happy mommy to a wild 2 year old girl-child, and is blissfully happy being un-married to her life partner DJ.

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  1. The first job I ever had was for a supermarket. I learned what “closed shop” meant when it was explained to me that money would be taken out of all my paychecks to pay union dues. I asked if I had to be a member of the union, and they told me that the union had explicitly required that all employees be union members. In other words, they would take my money whether I liked it or not.

    But that was supposed to be okay, because I could vote in the union and try and get them to change their policies, right?

    Wrong.

    You see, the older union members didn’t really want to deal with younger union members, so when I first joined the company you had to be a union member for 3 years before you could vote. They took your money every paycheck but you didn’t get a say for 3 years.

    Even that would have been fine, except that in the time I worked there, the union voted twice to increase the time requirement to vote, first to 5 years, then to 7. When contract negotiations came around, they offered to cut the wages and benefits of everyone who hadn’t yet been there 7 years. In other words, anyone who couldn’t vote in the union yet.

    This is why we need right to work laws, and it’s a story that left will never own up to. Across the country we have seen unions create these two-tiered systems where older members get higher wages and greater benefits, and younger workers are charged union dues and see no benefits for them. This model was most recently adopted by the American Auto Workers.

    If unions throw younger workers under the bus, the very least America can do for younger workers is pass right to work bills so that they don’t have union dues extorted from them.

    It would be nice to see this side of the story told every now and then.

  2. Honest Politician? Isn’t that an Oxymoron?

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