Do you like it? Do you feel they have actually protected you and worked for you??
There is some union talk going on right now for dh's work. Makes me wonder if it will really work, or is it alot of hot air being blown around by people?
I've never, ever been in a union. I've worked next to people who were in a union and couldn't see it doing much for them except make everything move slower and restricts advancement. When I first attended college, I had a roommate who got a union job. She kept holding it over my head how much per hour she made. We did the math and basically the increase in pay just covered her union dues. In her net check, it wasn't making a difference. I'm sure there are benefits, I've just never seen them.
We got a union voted into our hospital about 12 years ago. The safety standards were HORRIFIC, and the work schedule was so unfair on some floors. I remember working a 12 hour night shift, getting off at 7 in the morning and having to return to work at 3 that afternoon for an evening shift.
They helped improve and set rules for schedules so we weren't getting hosed like that.
They make it harder to fire nurses that need to go. Sometimes they protect people you wouldn't want to take care of your dog.
I paid dues for a new years. When I needed out for financial reasons they were NASTY and kept giving me different rules and hoops to jump through to get out. Left a very bad taste in my mouth and I haven't rejoined because of the way they treated me.
These are the concerns that I have as well. However, the working conditions are HORRID right now for dh. the work load is impossible, the supervisors are unforgiving and make it impossible to keep a decent schedule. His job was never this bad, but over the last year or so when new management took over for the company, it has gotten so out of control. I don't know how else they can fix the problems, and keep employee moral up. He IS a good worker, always has been and has the respect of every field manager in the country, he has worked for most of them while he was traveling all the time. Whenever they ask for someone, they 'request' my husband to come and save the day. Unfortunatly personal problems has put his job on the line recently, but it was the respect of the HR director that helped save him right now, and help get him the help he needed. They don't just do that for anyone.
But its hard not to notice that it was the impossible schedule and the supervisors that put him in this stressful situation in the first place. Its not an excuse, its the truth.
When I was a teacher, we were required to pay union dues because they negotiated our contract but were not actually required to join the union. Of course, most do anyways because being a newbie teacher those union "presidents" are scary. Mine was anyways. I did draw the line at signing off on any portion of my dues being used to political purposes. I refused to sign that form.
The governor of our state has come up with a plan that will do away with tenure, and make it so good teachers are kept on and moved forward, and lousy teachers will be getting new education, certifications ect. And the older teachers that are not progressive, and still producing the same old score will be encouraged to retire. Alot of teachers are unhappy with this plan and they picketed the state capitiol.