The company may tell you youll never benefit from a Teamster contract because theyll never sign one. Since it is illegal to say this directly, they may say, "Remember, we don't have to agree to what you want in the contract."
Your company is legally required to negotiate with the union you choose. Every company talks tough before workers organize; dont let them bully you. Its in the companys interest to keep its employees satisfied and keep the work flowing. Once you present them with reasonable contract proposals, management usually compromises.
Theyll tell you the plant may close if they have to deal with a union. Theyll tell you that unions are bad for business. Theyll say most anything to convince you that unionizing will threaten your job.
Companies fold for economic reasons. The vast majority of failed businesses are non-union. If your company is really in bad shape, let them prove it by opening their books.
Management may tell you that a union can force you out on strike whether you want to go or not. They may threaten that if you leave your job for a strike you could lose it forever. They may ask you how your family will survive if you are forced out on strike.
When a company threatens that a union will force you out on strike, they break the law. No union can force you to strike. A strike is a decision voted on by you and your co-workers. If the majority doesnt want a strike, there is no strike. Almost 99 percent of all Teamster contract negotiations are resolved without a strike.
The company will tell you that the union just wants your money. They may lie about the amount of dues you will pay to be a Teamster.
The improvements in pay and benefits you get with a Teamster contract outweigh the cost of your dues, usually by a huge margin. The improvements in your working conditions and in the dignity with which you are treated are immeasurable. Teamster dues average two hours pay per month. An organization that works for you is worth paying for.
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The company will try to scare you by saying that unions bring violence and conflict. Near election time, management sometimes will cause problems and then blame the union.
Collective bargainings very reason for existence is to solve problems peacefully. With Teamster representation, workers and management sit down as equals - at the bargaining table and in the grievance process. This doesnt create violence, it prevents it.
The company will tell you that a union just takes your dues money to pay the high salaries of union elected officials.
Union expenses, including the salaries of union officers, are approved by the membership. Union money is spent solely for their members' benefit. Your dues can only be increased by a majority vote. Union members decide how union money is spent.
Your supervisor may suggest that you can get a promotion or better pay if you support management. Hell probably tell you that the company will give special treatment and favors to workers who are "team players" who vote against unionizing.
Not only is this illegal, its usually not true. Generally any special treatment ends on election day. Many workers who are tricked this way find themselves treated just as poorly as their co-workers after a union organizing drive is defeated.
Before a union election, a so-called "Vote No" committee often mysteriously appears. This committee does managements dirty work. It passes out literature filled with company lies about the union. It spreads rumors and insults co-workers who support the union. "Vote No" committee members may be recruited from friends and relatives of management. Usually, they are promised special treatment or a promotion for their foul deeds.
Your company knows that if you and your co-workers are