A union is a business that "represents" employees on the job with their employer. A union's primary service is as a labor broker of sorts, charging workers to speak for them on the job, as well as to negotiate contracts.
As such, if you were to be unionized, the union becomes your collective bargaining agent and, as your agent, a union charges you union dues for its services. You might be surprised to know that the majority of today's unionized workers never voted a union into their workplace.
Rather, most unionized workers are forced to pay the union as a condition of employment. In other words, they pay money to a union or they are fired from their jobs. Unfortunately, this "pay-dues-or-be-fired" scheme is legal in 28 states that do not have Right to Work laws.
Even though more than 92% of all private-sector employees are union-free, unions still collect more than $10 billion in union dues every year and spend nearly $16 milion per day on union payrolls (the money that is paid to union officers and staffers).
After decades of decline, unions are attempting to unionize union-free workforce by using elected officials to give unions a government bailout by passing the misleadingly-named Employee Free Choice Act or EFCA. EFCA gives unions the ability to unionize workers without an election. [Read more about EFCA by going here.]
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