Workers Won’t Pay Their “Fair Share Fees”
Before Congress passed the Taft–Hartley Act in 1947, unions and employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) could lawfully agree to a CLOSED shop, in which employees at unionized workplaces MUST be members of the union as a condition of employment.
Before the Taft-Hartley workers who stopped paying UNION DUES could be fired, even if the worker didn’t violate any of the company rules, regulations or policies.
After Taft–Hartley the closed shop was against the law. Bottom Line, Taft-Hartley made it illegal to force a worker to join a union.
HOWEVER, workers in non-right-to-work states can be required to pay union fees. Nonmembers required to pay union fees as a condition of employment have a right under the NLRA to object and obtain a reduction of their compulsory payments so that they do not include union expenses for purposes other than collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance adjustment.
Workers in right-to-work states, except on certain federal property, have the right to not join the union and cannot be required to pay dues or an agency fee. This brings up the problem called ‘FAIR SHARE FEES’. unless non-union employees pay fair share fees, they are benefiting from collective bargaining without paying union dues.
In right to work states, collective bargaining services provided to non-union members are being subsidized by paying union members. Non-union workers wouldn’t be paying their FAIR SHARE.
FAIR SHARE….Where have I heard that before? President Obama is being quoted as saying, “Right-to-work law pending in Michigan’s Republican-run legislature don’t have to do with economics. They have everything to do with politics.”
President Obama is being critical of workers AND billionaires alike for not paying their FAIR SHARE. Is President Obama playing ‘fair share’ politic in not allowing EVERYONE the right to work?
Note: Michigan will likely become the 24th right-to-work state as early as tomorrow. Workers there who don’t join the union and won’t pay union fees will not be paying their FAIR SHARE….