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“They’re doing it because they want to incite other union members to pressure those who have exercise their right to start paying the union again.“It’s a bullying tactic.
There’s nothing else to it.”UAW Local 412 President Jeff Hagler denied the list is used to intimidate workers.
In the spring 2014 newsletter, Hagler listed 14 workers who had opted out of the union.
In the most recent list, there were 43 names.“It shows these bullying tactics aren’t working,” Vernuccio said. They may be helping persuade people to leave the union because of these tactics.”Hagler said the local union plans to continue publishing the names in future newsletters. “Just so there’s a current list.”Hagler argues it’s unfair to full dues-paying members that workers who opt out of the UAW under Michigan’s so-called “right-to-work” legislation still receive benefits bargained for by the union.“It’s just not right,” he said.
Only 1.6 percent of members who are eligible to opt out of UAW Local 412 have done so, according to the newsletter.
Patchett was the first Fiat Chrysler employee to leave UAW Local 412.
Kristin Dziczek, director of the industry and labor group at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, said she believes the union posting lists of workers who opt-out of the union is “pretty common.”“Is it meant to pressure workers to stay in the union? “But it’s certainly a shorter list than the list of members for the purposes of who gets to vote and who gets to go to the meetings.”Last year, UAW Local 1853 in Tennessee reportedly published a “Scab Report,” listing the names and work stations of more than 40 workers at the General Motors Co.’s Spring Hill Assembly Plant who were non-dues paying workers.
UAW Local 412 has been publishing the names of workers who opt out of the union in its newsletters since at least spring 2014, when a proposal to increase union dues was expected to be voted on during the UAW Constitutional Convention in Detroit.
“It’s very simple legislation.”Michigan passed right-to-work legislation in 2012 that went into effect in March 2013.
The legislation forbids requiring workers to belong to and pay dues to a union; it leaves it up to workers to decide.
Listed conditions for “ex-UAW members” range from rudimentary things such as not being allowed to attend union functions or vote in local elections, to having to “pay all unpaid dues and/or dues in arrears as well as an initiation fee” if one decides to rejoin the union.