Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Stopping Card Check

I am a recent GM retiree and a Union member. I have had intimate experience with the UAW during my 30 years as a GM employee. I believe there was a time where the Union did serve a purpose. However, my experience has shown that the UAW has become what at one time they fought against, a bloated, corrupt, bureaucracy run on nepotism.

Unknown to many UAW members is the fact that a portion of their Union dues are used for political purposes. Those "political purposes" are to support Democrats and therefore their agenda, like cap and trade and draconian EPA regulations that has made it much more difficult for GM to do business. In other words, UAW members dues are paying for candidates and legislation that is biting the hand of the business that feeds them!

Below the articles UAW members will find a template letter that they may send in to the national requesting that the portion of their dues used for political purposes be refunded to them. You must send it registered mail (receipt) and at the same time (month and date) every year.

My contention is why refunded?
Why are UAW members dues automatically used WITHOUT prior consent?
It would be a simple matter to have a form for employees:
Do you want a portion of your UAW dues to go to "political purposes"
Check one:

It appears that the UAW doesn't want its membership to have that choice!
So UAW members you must be pro-active to retrieve you money using the furnished template letter below. Copy it and share it with your UAW friends!

Online Petition to Stop "Card Check"(EFCA)

The top legislative priority for organized labor and their allies in Congress is the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), also known as “Card Check.” EFCA is an enormous power grab by big labor bosses that would strip workers of their right to decide by private ballot whether to join a union, and their right to freely negotiate their contract. Instead, workers would be asked to publically sign cards in front of union organizers, potentially subjecting them to harassment or intimidation. EFCA is a threat to workers’ rights.

Our effort is not anti-union; our effort is anti-EFCA.

Years later, unions try to patch things up
Former Rep. Bonior is brokering talks between leaders

Sam Hananel
Associated Press
March 1, 2009

WASHINGTON - Union leaders are talking about reuniting under a single, more powerful federation, nearly four years after a nasty breakup split organized labor.

Leaders from 12 of the largest unions, along with rival federations AFL-CIO and Change to Win, have held three meetings since January aimed at setting aside differences and taking advantage of the most favorable political climate for unions in 15 years.

"We've had very positive discussions, and we've reached some significant agreements," said David Bonior, the former Michigan congressman who is brokering the discussions. ..."There's obvious benefits in terms of efficiency, message delivery, financial savings and a host of other reasons," Bonior said. "You can always be more effective if you're talking in one house as opposed to three." ...

...Talks have included the 3.2 million-member National Education Association, the nation's largest union, which was not previously aligned with either federation but could become part of the new structure...

...Nowhere is unity more important for unions than in efforts to pass the Employee Free Choice Act in Congress this year. The measure would take away the right of employers to demand secret-ballot elections by workers before unions could be recognized. Instead, unions could gain representation if a majority of workers sign cards authorizing it. Unions see growth...MORE HERE

AFL-CIO: http://www.aflcio.org/
Change to Win:

UAW Template Letter

Your name
Your UAW local
Your address

The date

Elizabeth Bunn
8000 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI. 48214

Dear Ms. Bunn:
I am writing to request, under Article 16, Section 7(a) that the portion of my dues that are used for activities or causes political in nature be refunded to me. My social security number is ____________.
Thank you for your prompt attention.


Your Name

1 comment:

Hunter Cantor said...

Glad to see your comments on UAW. While you might not like me directly dislike unions, it kind of matches several posts on my own blog, (the latest: Why I do not like Unions) which was based only on my own experience with other unions, and on what I see about the UAW on the news. Sounds like you have direct experience as a UAW member.