|The Right to Choose or Reject Union Representation Respects Workers
Posted: 21 Aug 2017 05:00 AM PDT
By Kathryn Hickok
Why do many workers choose to opt out of union membership? Some believe they can make better use of their money than giving it to a union. Others “vote with their feet” against what they perceive to be poor union service or negotiating results. Still others leave because they oppose their unions’ political positions. They simply don’t want to support an organization that promotes different political beliefs from their own.
August 20-26, 2017 is National Employee Freedom Week, a national effort to inform union members about their freedom to opt out of union membership if they choose and to make decisions about labor representation and the use of their union dues.
Many recent scientific surveys have been conducted to see how the public and members of union households think about these issues. In 2015, National Employee Freedom Week asked members of union households this question:
“Are you aware that you can opt-out of union membership and of paying a portion of your union dues without losing your job or any other penalty?”
Surprisingly, over 27 percent of Oregon union household members surveyed that year answered No. This implies that a large number of Oregon’s current union membership of 228,000 may not realize that membership and some dues are optional.
The right to work without third-party interference is more than an economic issue; it is a profoundly moral one as well. In America, no one should be compelled to join a union or to pay union dues in order to hold a job. For more information about how employee choice can benefit Oregon workers, visit oregonemployeechoice.com.
Kathryn Hickok is Publications Director at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.
|Not forgetting the three who died in Charlottesville
Posted: 20 Aug 2017 02:58 PM PDT
By Jason Williams,
The Charlottesville death of Heather Heyer represents a threat to our right to protest from violence, and the troopers (H.Jay Cullen, Berke M.M. Bates) represent our rights to be protected from political harassment and violence. Trump and Fox News chose to focus on other things this week, but I did not want to miss the moment to honor the Men in Blue and stand by Freedom of Speech in the Charlottesville tragedy anniversary week. It matters to me because in Oregon we never know if our rights today will be the same tomorrow. Of all the important ramifications and debate of Charlotesville the fact remains that these three lost their lives. I hope my clumsy artwork honors them.
— Jason Williams is the founder and Executive Director of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon
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