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UNIONS: Members are not being coerced

Letter by Douglas J. Benedetti, Puyallup on Dec. 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm with No Comments »
December 6, 2013 12:57 pm

Re: “Union workers coerced into political positions” (Viewpoint, 12-5).

The writer makes it sound as if union members have no say as to how their dues money is spent. Nothing could be further from the truth. At every turn, union members are asked to approve any and all expenditures by a vote of the membership. As with any organization, members agree to abide by the wishes of the majority. This is democracy.

One may disagree with the majority but that does not constitute coercion.

Union representatives cannot and do not unilaterally fund the campaigns of political candidates without the approval of the majority of the membership.

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