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    Exclusive: Home-Care Mom Questions Union’s ‘Fine Print’ Dues Drive

    Linda Dobbs was confused. Because she had been paying union dues each month for 15 months, Dobbs thought she already was a card-carrying union member. So why did the United Long-Term Care Workers’ Union send two representatives to her home with membership forms in hand? She eventually came to the … More

    Should Unions Have to Ask Workers for Forgiveness or Permission?

    Should workers have to continuously “opt out” of paying for union political expenses they oppose? Washington State Senator Jim Honeyford (R) has raised this question because in Washington, as in most states, government employees must pay union dues whether they join the union or not. Washington state also allows a … More

    Michigan Union Threatens Teachers’ Credit Scores

    Most people expect unions to protect workers, not attack their credit ratings. The Michigan Education Association (MEA) does not share these expectations. The union has threatened to damage the credit ratings of teachers who opt out of union dues. Michigan recently became a right-to-work state, meaning workers in Michigan no … More

    Can You Opt Out of Your Union Dues?

    I joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1245 as a high school student in New Jersey. Having to pay union dues in high school surprised me. But I was working to save money for college and did not investigate further. I did not know that I didn’t … More

    Union Head Convicted, Showing Need for Union Transparency

    Last week, the government convicted Tyrone Freeman, president of SEIU Local 6434 in Los Angeles, of 14 counts of illegally diverting union dues into his own pockets. His conviction illustrates the need for union financial transparency. However, the Obama Administration has steadily rolled back union transparency requirements. Freeman’s former local … More

    Right-to-Work Gives Michigan Workers a Choice

    Conservatives won an enormous victory in Michigan last week. The state just passed a right-to-work law that makes union dues voluntary. Starting next year, union contracts cannot require employers to fire employees who do not pay union dues. The state that gave birth to the United Auto Workers union has … More

    Morning Bell: Unions Losing in Their Last Stronghold

    This is the week that Michigan’s workers will finally be freed from forced unionization. After decades of United Auto Workers control over the struggling American auto industry, the Michigan legislature’s passing of a right-to-work law is historic. Governor Rick Snyder (R) is expected to sign the law as early as … More

    Shocker of the Year: Michigan a Right-to-Work State?

    All signs now point toward Michigan becoming America’s 24th right-to-work state by year’s end. This is good news for Michigan’s union members and unemployed. Michigan has suffered more than most states in the recession. The state still has an unemployment rate one-and-a-half percentage points above the national average. The state … More

    California Union Members Demand Transparency from Union Bosses

    Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have launched a protest against their own union in California over waste and corruption. They rallied outside SEIU headquarters last week and plan to be in Sacramento on Wednesday. The protestors are calling for transparency, accountability, and audits of the 2 million … More

    Morning Bell: Union Money in Elections

    This election year, millions of Americans will donate to the political candidates and initiatives of their choice at the local, state, and federal levels. But for unionized workers, union dues come out of their paychecks and go to political causes—and they aren’t consulted on where that money will go. In … More