Friday, February 19, 2016

Alabama reiterates it's a “right-to-work” state with anti-union amendment

Alabama reiterates it's a “right-to-work” state with anti-union amendment

Article Title: Alabama reiterates it's a “right-to-work” state with anti-union amendment


Alabama reemphasizes that Alabama is a 'Right-to-work' state through an amendment. Alabama legislators might as well say to corporations, "Come to Alabama, we are anti-union and anti-worker. Come to our state and open your business because we take care of the employer over the worker. You can hire and fire at will without having to fight those mean ol' unions that hurt our fantastic business."

On the surface, the misleading term 'Right-to-work' state would give the impression that it is good for the worker and a protection against forcing workers to join a union if they want a job. Unfortunately that is not the case. In essence, 'Right-to-work' is a means to kill-off unions. Simply put, if a job has a union in a 'Right-to-work' state, a union is forced by law to represent all employees equally, even if they choose not to be a member of the union. So what happens is a union must spend their time and money to represent employees that choose not to be in a union and to not pay their fair share of representation. Anyone that is a member of the union is paying union dues for representation. So why is this a problem? It is a problem because non-union members often use the union for representation they are not paying for. Since many corporations/businesses have their own legal staff to protect the employer it forces the union to spend untold hours and money to protect the employee from being abused or discriminated against.

So who cares? Maybe you are that 'loyal-to-the-employer, anti-union worker' that sucks-up to the boss and you get everything you want, to include undeserved promotions that other more qualified workers should have been provided. Or maybe it is time for layoffs and even though you are a sorry-a## worker and everyone else is pulling your load, you and the boss are friends, so you get to keep your job. So you say, "I don't need a union." ...or maybe you are a highly productive worker that always shows up for work, but suddenly you or a family member becomes ill. You think you are protected by FMLA, but the employer disapproves your FMLA application even though you legally qualify. So now you get fired because you are no longer an asset. So now, even though you are non-union, you go to the union for help. You are not paying your fair share for the litigation cost, but under 'Right-to-work' the union is forced to represent you free of charge and it cost a fortune to represent you. The union protects you and your job, but all the union members had to eat the expense of representation. Now you go back to bad-mouthing the union once you are well again. Think it doesn't happen? It does! Alabama sells this state to corporations through advertising it as a 'Right-to-work' state and giving outrageous tax breaks ...with your tax money while the state fights against raising the minimum wage raise. "In Alabama, a pre-emption effort introduced this month seeks to nullify a law passed last year by the Birmingham City Council for a citywide minimum wage of $10.10 an hour by mid-2017. If enacted, the state bill would also torpedo efforts to adopt local minimum wages in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa." Additionally, Alabama pays workers the lowest schedule rates for loss of limbs on the job because "States set their own fee schedule, and Alabama had the lowest rates for amputations, according to ProPublica. Reporters found two workers, one in Alabama and one in Georgia, who had lost arms in workplace accidents. The Alabama workers received just $45,000, compared to more than $700,000 for the Georgia worker." The aforementioned examples are just a few items that unions fight to improve. And it cost money for them to fight for it.

A 'Right-to-work' state helps the corporation/business while harming the worker.


Article Source: Huntsville Economic Development
'Right-to-work' state (Alabama)

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