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Guest column: We don’t force workers into unions in Georgia



(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Augusta Press.)

By Rep. Barry Fleming

Columbia County is one of the fastest growing areas in Georgia, having grown by 30% since 2010. That’s because ...

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  1. I’m sick and tired of the Federal Government interferring with States’ rights. Georgia is one of the top pro-business states in America, and we do not need to be told by the feds how to conduct our commerce. Forcing workers to join a union only diminishes personal freedom from tyranny.

  2. Amazon-the company that forced workers to pee in bottles at their work stations rather than be allowed a restroom break !!! Don’t believe it-then GOOGLE it like I did! They eventually admitted to the practice and “apologized”.

  3. I am a former IBEW and UWA member. I paid IBEW dues for seven years and received no support from the local during two labor disputes with my employer, mainly because I was not working in a skilled trade position in the facility. The local union enforced the contract only when it benefited the local and national union. Granted, unions due help ensure that properly trained and qualified workers perform skilled crafts like welding, pipe fitting, and electrical equipment installation. But they also protect unproductive and inept workers from termination and replacement. If unions are such a great benefit, why has union membership decreased over the last several decades? I believe it’s because the rank and file realized that modern unions are mainly political action committees that funnel union member dues to politicians to keep the politicians and unions leaders in office and maintain their power and wealth. The PRO Act will only help the union leaders and Democrat politicians pushing it.

  4. The unconnected dot in this otherwise well-written piece: Democrats push this type of legislation because more union membership equals more union donations to Democrats. It’s a not-so-indirect way to force workers to pay for their political campaigns.

    • Very true. My brother in Illinois is in the carpenter’s union. He has friends in other trades. He confirms that everyone he knows in a trade union is pushed by their union to vote for specific candidates.
      Most still vote their own way. Everyone is very aware that’s where part of the union dues go.

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