Workers don’t see the use in unions anymore, not like they used to. I organized for one and, as a union supporter, have come to understand why. In my union, the president and her staff gave themselves raises. Afterwards, when it came time for contract negotiations, they called it a “win” when they got us the same deal we’d been offered by management. I got my entire office to join, we petitioned several times, and was actively attending town halls. When the union threatened to call a one day strike, my entire office was onboard and I gathered support signatures.
You know what happened? Well, our union president called off the one day strike and shortly thereafter, posted a big “We won” message on the union webpage. Guess what though? People do math and everyone realized we got the same deal offered in the first place.
To say I had people coming to my desk saying “wtf?” is an understatement. As a result, a ton of people want to leave the union now. At a townhall, I got people clapping when I asked the leadership why they couldn’t be honest, why they couldn’t just say we were going to an impass instead of telling people they won. People would’ve been unhappy no matter what, but not irate. What they did was dishonest and bad for membership, especially with an anti union Supreme Court docket coming. I still don’t get the leadership’s strategy.
I do believe in unions and remain a member after that experience. In fact, I think a lot of unhappy folks are going to be a lot more unhappy in the long run once our country goes right to work now that Gorusch is on the court. But I witnessed first hand why people get disgruntled, especially with dues increasing, etc. If someone tried to tell you that $90 a month would be deducted from your paycheck so you can take the first deal management offers, you’d probably say no. It’s sad really.