Therefore, the collective agreement negotiated by the union and your employer will continue to set out the terms and conditions of your employment and the union will continue to represent you in the event of complaints, contract performance, disciplinary assistance or other proceedings governed by the collective agreement. While the WPEA claims that it violates the privacy of public employees in order for the Freedom Foundation to access this information, it fails to inform its members that the union already receives monthly lists from the state with the addresses, phone numbers and emails of employees under section 39.5 of its collective agreement with the state. People have many reasons not to want to support the union. Some simply do not believe that the services provided by the union are worth the dues it charges. Others may find that the union`s unified program is not good for them because they are new to the profession, have a specialty that is not recognized in bargaining, or believe its effectiveness is undercompensated. Some don`t like the union`s role in empowering and defending underperforming employees. Many find the union`s political activity and the use of contributions to promote partisan causes, candidates and ideologies unpleasant. Others have a faith-based objection to union spending on issues such as abortion advocates and attacks on values. Moreover, the fundamental philosophy of uniting conflict, violation of oaths, disrespect and greed can also be at odds with many religious beliefs.
Still others believe that union officials are corrupt and unaccountable to their members. Although the terms of the collective agreement continue to govern your employment, the union, as a non-member, may decide to prevent you from participating in the internal affairs of the union. B such as attending trade union meetings or participating in trade union elections, including votes on the ratification of contracts. Unions also tend to refuse special offers to “members” or discounts they have agreed with companies. You can no longer receive the union`s newsletter or similar publications. Some unions have persuaded workers to sign membership forms in the fine print that waive their right to dismissal, with the exception of a short annual period. If the union claims that you have signed such a form and therefore you cannot cancel the contribution deductions from your salary, ask for documents to prove that you have already signed such an agreement. No. All provisions of the collective agreement between the union and your employer continue to govern your employment.
Your salaries, health benefits, retirement and everything governed by the collective agreement will remain unchanged if you choose not to use wpEA. Unions representing civil servants are not subject to the usual consumer protection or antitrust laws, so abuses are common. Unions can calculate what they want. They can spend money on anything they want. Often, they don`t have to disclose how the money is spent on members. You can speak on behalf of employees without consulting or informing them. They can harm the interests of some members while promoting the interests of others. Unions even have the option of preventing employees from getting help in their workplace from other sources. They are not required to provide high-quality services and almost never have to obtain the consent of the people they represent in an election to continue to be exclusive representatives. Some of the money collected by WPEA will go to the United Food and Commercial Workers in Washington, D.C.
WPEA`s experience is not unique. In fact, the grand government in Washington has seen a significant decline in membership since Janus. For years, public sector employees in Washington have been forced to pay union dues as a condition of employment, so unions can take their members for granted. However, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that public sector employees can no longer be required to financially support a union against their will. (Janus v. AFSCME, 2018). Janus v. AFSCME, 585 US (2018) Payroll data obtained by the Freedom Foundation from the Office of Financial Management under the Public Records Act shows that the percentage of employees of state agencies represented by the WPEA whose union dues are deducted from their salaries has been steadily declining since Janus. You should receive a confirmation of your request from the union in a few weeks.
As of May 2018, almost all of the 2,212 workers represented by the WPEA in state agencies had union dues or expenses deducted from their wages by their employers, and only 17 of them did not deduct dues for administrative reasons. In exchange for this unusual benefit, WPEA is required by law to represent all workers in the workplace, including those who choose not to join the union as members. To prevent the union from deducting dues from your salary: However, the IRS requires that unions` 990 tax returns be a public document, and these can be found online at sites like Guidestar.org. WPEA reports using employer identification number EIN 91-0659259. The gradual and sustained decline occurred as the Freedom Foundation worked diligently to inform unionized public sector employees of their right to stop paying union dues and fees and the process for doing so. Monitor your paycheques to make sure contribution deductions stop. Contact the union if deductions last more than a few paycheques after you submit your resignation request. In addition, WPEA attempted to prevent the withdrawal of membership by inserting fine print into the terms of its membership forms, which purports to limit the cancellation of contribution deductions between 20 and 10 days before the annual anniversary of the card`s signature. .