Union Places Own Interests Above That of Members

When one thinks about unions, one usually assumes that it is an organization geared toward guarding the interests of its members, the average, every day worker. But in Michigan that notion seems almost quaint. No, in Michigan, the unions are guarding the interests of union bigwigs and actually dealing away the benefits of members to keep the unions toughs in clover.

Union thugs in the Wyoming Public Schools district near Grand Rapids, Michigan, has negotiated away up to $12,700 in annual salary and benefits for teachers just so it can try and keep a provision in the contract that allows the union to forcibly withhold dues money out of teachers paychecks as a mandatory condition of employment–a provision that now stands contrary to state law, by the way.

The union negotiated with the district to keep this now illegal mandate so that it could be sure to get its own money upfront. And even as the union is trying to protect itself, the union has screwed the teachers by giving away thousands of dollars of their livelihood.

How’s that for guarding their own personal interests while double dealing their own members?

According to CapitolConfidential:

“The Kent County Education Association wanted the district to leave language in the contract that says if a teacher fails to pay dues or fees to the union, the district would begin “involuntary payroll deductions.” In return, the union gave up paid leave days and altered the salary schedule by as much as $12,700 a year in some instances, Lewis said.”

Of course, Michigan’s new right-to-work law makes the automatic withdrawal of dues actually illegal. Another law prevents school districts and the state from withholding dues from teachers’ paychecks.

Ultimately, this contract provision is unenforceable, yet the union has given away thousands of its members compensation in a desperate attempt to guard the interests of union big wigs that want to make sure their own salaries are paid first and foremost.

“This clearly shows that the union doesn’t care what is best for the teachers but what is best for the union,” said Audrey Spalding, education policy director for the Mackinac Center. “They gave up thousands of dollars per employee for unenforceable language.”

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Posted by on May 16, 2014.
Filed under Big government, Constitutional Issues, corruption, Culture Of Corruption, Democrats, Economics, Education, Liberals, Unions.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • Commander_Chico

    Why don’t you write something about corporate ripoffs, workplace abuses, and frauds once in awhile, Warner? Oh, that’s right, you’re shilling.

    • Phil Snyder

      Show me where a corporation acts against the interests of its stockholders. Even when there are ripoffs, workplace abuses, and frauds, the people perpetrating them are generally attempting to act in what they perceive to be the best interests of the stockholders.

      Here, the union is acting in direct opposition to the interests of its members.

      BTW, YOU are perfectly able to start a blog and point out all the corporate malfeasance you want to. But that might be too much work for you. It’s much easier to complain rather than do something about it.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Phil, you’re obviously new here. Complain is what Chico does. I’m surprised that he didn’t blame the union’s malfeasance on Bush.

      • Commander_Chico

        Corporations defraud their stockholders all of the time. Enron and WorldCom are just two examples.

        • jim_m

          Funny that you point out two scandals that were companies with strong democrat ties and run/advised by the far left.

          Let’s not forget that darling of the left, Paul Krugman was an Enron adviser.

          Or how Terry McAuliffe made millions out of the Global Crossing scandal. Global Crossing really was an example of a company set up to defraud the public. I suppose I should moderate my earlier statement by saying that companies not set up by democrats are not set up to defraud the public…

          Once again we see that Chico’s position is one of left wing projection. The left sees business as a way they can become rich by cheating other people. Normal, rational, moral people do not think this way.

    • jim_m

      Because by and large the era where such things were commonplace has passed. However the era of rampant union corruption and exploitation of the workers and advocacy against the best interest of the people is still upon us.

      And where there are lots of laws against corporate misbehavior, there are few which apply specifically to unions and the current corrupt and criminal DOJ would never countenance a criminal proceeding against their largest cash political donors.

      • Commander_Chico

        You obviously have not called a “customer service” department for a problem recently.

        GM got a big fine yesterday for hiding problems in its cars.

        • jim_m

          Poor customer service is not a conspiracy to defraud the public.

          Also, while GM’s recall scandal was clearly an attempt to conceal a serious problem and they have a huge civil liability issue as a result. I do not believe that they decided at the outset to screw over their customers by deliberately producing and selling a faulty product.

          Also, to put the blame solely on GM relieves the obama admin of their share of responsibility for colluding with GM to conceal the problem because obama had basically taken over the company and the admin’s position was that any problem with GM’s cars would reflect badly on the President.

          I never denied that companies screw up. I simply denied your idiotic contention that companies are necessarily set up to defraud the public and are constantly engaged in shadowy conspiracies to do so.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          Notice that GM and the government didn’t acknowledge the problem until after the USofA sold off its shares, holding its loss to about 10.5b. Had they acknowledged the problem prior to sale, Obama would have lost more of our money and looked even more pathetic than he currently does.
          Also note that the government controlled bankruptcy cut off many of the potential lawsuits.
          Government in bed with big business, picking winners and losers. The worst of both worlds. Although In the 30s and 40s, it was quite fashionable in Germany and Italy.

          • jim_m

            It’s no mistake that this scandal was abetted by the dems. They claim to be for ‘the little guy’ until the little guy stands between them and their money or their power and then they trip all over themselves trying to screw the little guy and blame him for the crap they pile on him.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Yeah, and the deal favored who else but the unions. Two peas in a corrupt pod.

    • warnertoddhuston

      I don’t much care what a corporation does. They have no coercive power of government. Corps kill themselves when they act stupidly. Governments kill ALL OF US when it acts stupidly. Govt employee unions have the color of govt authority behind them and that needs to be ended.

      • Commander_Chico

        You obviously have never heard of “government contractors.” Contractors run prisons, for example, and have paid kickbacks to judges for putting people in jail.

        • jim_m

          Isn’t that the business that you are in? government contractor? Sounds like you may once again be projecting your own traits onto others.

        • warnertoddhuston

          Still a government problem, not a corporation problem.