Members aren’t heard

I have read with considerable amusement the letters concerning issues with the Machinists union, of which I happen to be a member. It comes as no surprise to me that there are disgruntled union members out there.

There are contract violations that happen on a regular basis that union stewards and business representatives fail to do anything about even though they have knowledge of the violations. Trying to get a hold of a business rep is not an easy chore. Their first line of defense is the union steward, followed by the secretary who answers the phone. One would think that in these days of technology e-mail and cell phones would be a handy tool for them. Since they don’t want to be bothered with trivial questions and issues concerning contract violations, though, I can understand why these phone numbers and e-mail addresses are closely guarded secrets not to be released to the dues-paying members.

I have firsthand knowledge of contract violations that occur and remember well how I was treated when they were bought to the attention of the union. Union steward’s relationships with company management affect their ability to enforce contract terms. Business reps suffer from cognitive dissonance and refuse to stand up for their dues-paying members.


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