Bradbury: How to Keep Unions Strong Under ‘Right-to-Work’

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The Jeffboat story might reassure you—because their secrets to maintaining membership aren’t expensive or complicated. (Scott Beale / Laughing Squid / Flickr)

Reprinted from In These Times by Alexandra Bradbury on February 8, 2017.

“Plenty of union officers are justifiably worried about how many members will quit their unions if Congress or the Supreme Court imposes ‘right to work’ conditions on the whole country,” writes Alexandra Bradbury in In These Times.

“But when right to work hit Indiana in 2012, it didn’t have much impact at the Jeffboat shipyard in Jeffersonville. ‘I believe we only have one person that’s dropped out,’ said Teamsters Local 89 Business Agent Jeff Cooper. That’s one out of 700.

“The Jeffboat story might reassure you—because their secrets to maintaining membership aren’t expensive or complicated. The union has a deep bench of stewards who seek out and address workplace problems. Because members strike when necessary, they’ve won good wages and health insurance that make the value of the union contract self-evident. And they’re systematic about asking new hires to join. …

In These Times 2/8

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