Wow! I now have a real choice when it comes to my union!
I can be a free rider! I can get all the advantages of belonging to a union – higher salary, better benefits, better safety precautions – and I can leave it to the rest of the membership to pay for me!
And what’s even more amazing is who is sending this email to me!
How nice of them!
They demanded my administrators undervalue what I actually do in the classroom but instead evaluate me based on my student test scores – so being given struggling students means I’m somehow a worse teacher than the person across the hall with the honors class!
They did all that but suddenly they’re concerned about my freedom to withhold union dues!?
Goodness gracious and bless my soul!
I must have been wrong about these fellers and these ladies all along!
They said the decline of unions accounts for as much as one-third of the increase in wage inequality since the 1970s!
And despite all that, the rich are concerned that I have the right to stop paying union dues!
I mean if I stop paying my dues and my fellow working stiffs stop paying their dues, then my union might just have to close up shop!
And that would mean my wages would go down!
Isn’t that great!?
You know public sector employees including firefighters and police, and teachers like me are the largest sector left of the workforce still represented by unions!
Back in 1945, union membership nationwide was at its highest rate of 33.4%! That means back then about a third of all American workers belonged to a union!
Last year it was down to 10.7 percent!
But thank goodness I now have the right to get something for nothing from my union!
That’s going to perk things right up!
Sure, numerous studies have shown that declining union membership is one of the major causes why middle class wages have remained basically flat! But I get to keep a hundred bucks in my pocket so everything’s square!
One thing worries me, though!
I’m not sure many union workers are going to take advantage of this new freedom!
And I wouldn’t stop paying taxes even if I could! I like being an American citizen, and I like much of what my government provides by way of our military, infrastructure and social programs!
It’s the same with my union!
I mean I LIKE earning higher wages! I LIKE getting better benefits! I LIKE knowing I work in a safe environment!
Moreover, who would want to associate with a co-worker who refuses to pull his or her own weight!?
If he or she came to my room asking for advice, I’d tell them to get lost! I wouldn’t eat with them at lunch, I wouldn’t chat about their day, I’d give them their walking papers, myself!
Frankly, the social cost would be higher than just paying your union dues!
I’m sticking with my union.