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Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014 6:40 pm

If you haven’t heard by now, Gov. Susana Martinez is trying to prevent public sector unions from collecting membership dues. The governor’s conversation may be about dues, but the deeper context is about something much greater: the existence of unions, the right to organize and workplace democracy.

Gov. Martinez said, “I oppose forcing the state to collect union dues for big labor.” Big labor? The governor is trying to apply a pejorative label onto democratic institutions committed to improving compensation, working conditions and benefits for their members and, in turn, for all workers. Because we have unions, we have child labor laws, sick leave, social security, worker’s comp and so much more.

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1 comment:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:45 pm on Wed, Apr 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3203

    Ellen Bernstein complains that the Governor calls the ATF "Big Labor," but if that doesn't describe the biggest union in the state, what does? Just how big does a union have to be before it is "Big Labor," if biggest isn't big enough?

    Ellen goes on to tell us that "...the teachers’ union is made up of professionals who taught you how to read, took care of you when you were sick at school, supported you in times of crisis, and gave you tools for success." I hate to break it to Ellen, but that doesn't describe the vast majority of APS employees I suffered under as an APS student. Sure, there were a few wonderful exceptions, but most were either just phoning it in or they were petty little people made cruel by the constant fear of having their incompetence revealed.

    Besides, what's the big deal? The Governor isn't trying to prevent the unions from collecting the dues they're rightfully owed. She's just suggesting that the state shouldn't be the middle man for those collections, and that the unions should collect those dues directly from the employees. If the employees feel like they're getting a good value for their dues, surely they'd be willing and able to pay directly to the unions, right?

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