Some years ago, when I worked as a non-unionized employee in publishing companies, I was told more than once that I was benefiting from the union chapel's efforts in negotiating the annual in-house pay increases. At the time I couldn't see through this, and felt duly guilty, while taking the money.
It was only much later that I realized that the union acted in its self-interest by insisting that its potential competitors (including freelances like me) should have their rates raised at the same time as those of union employees. I owed the union nothing.
The right of the non-unionized to undercut their unionized competitors is a sacred right. Let's organize Scab Pride Day.
From: anton [mailto:anton]On Behalf Of Anton Sherwood
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 7:53 PM
Subject: Re: [LA-F] New and improved shakedown
> The United Teachers of Dade wants Miami-Dade County schoolteachers
> and others who aren't members of the union to pay an ``administrative
> fee'' to help cover the cost of negotiating new contracts that would
> benefit all district staff.
Hm. My political agitation benefits everyone . . . .