Given that public sector unions are going to be devastated in Friedrichs, new strategies are in order. I love what this UAW local is doing:
A local United Auto Workers chapter in Warren is singling out workers who decide to opt out of the union.
In a recent UAW Local 412 newsletter obtained by The Detroit News, a list of 43 workers “who choose not to pay their fair share” was published alongside “conditions” that will apply to workers who opt out and no longer pay — or partially pay — union dues.
Listed conditions for “ex-UAW members” range from rudimentary things such as not being allowed to attend union functions or vote in local elections, to having to “pay all unpaid dues and/or dues in arrears as well as an initiation fee” if one decides to rejoin the union.
Singling out workers who decide to leave the union isn’t unprecedented, but it’s seen by some as an intimidation tactic to deter others from leaving — and pressure those who have left to rejoin.
“Pure and simple: It’s intimidation,” said Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy for conservative think tank the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “They’re doing it because they want to incite other union members to pressure those who have exercise their right to start paying the union again.
It is intimidation and it’s awesome. That’s what we need. People in union shops who don’t join the union and yet benefit from all the union offers should be publicly shamed. More unions should do this.
Of course, I’m sure conservatives will file lawsuits to make this illegal.