What are the pros/cons of joining the union?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by The Chosen 1, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. The Chosen 1

    The Chosen 1 God, Family, UPSer

    After leaving work earlier today, as I walk through the guard shack to the parking lot, I see a table set up and about 20 individuals standing there with blue Teamsters shirts on. They didn't try to talk to me at all but I did stop a Teamsters representative in the parking lot to ask a few questions. He informed me he was with the Teamsters organization and if I plan on making UPS a career (which I do) then I should join the union. So I would like to know is it beneficial to join, and what are some of the pros/cons.
     
  2. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    If you plan on making it a career join end of story.


    Don't be a scab.
     
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  3. snarts

    snarts Member

    UPS provides free lube if you are apart of the union.
     
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  4. Number one. Anytime some stops you and claims to be a teamster, do a card check

    Number two, if you plan in working here for awhile I would suggest joining the union
    It's kind of like having homeowners insurance.
     
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  5. I don't know all the inner politics of it, but I used to be a mechanic and I just wanted to work. But if the boss was friends with other workers, and knew Joe Blow needed to get his boat fixed so they could go fishing (an example), Joe got all the work and money. Everyone else replaced wiper blades and ate Mac and cheese for a week. Union is a lot more fair. Boss wants you gone so he/she can get his neighbor in your spot, no Union, just tell you "they no longer have a position for you anymore" and can you. Managers just think you're weird because you don't like football or something, (or write 12 page relplies on Brown Cafe) or they just have their favorites, oh well. So they don't like you. In the Union, it's no reason to fire you. In exchange for weekly union dues, which aren't much, you have backing. I don't have $$$ and time lying around to get a lawyer and fight for my job. So, those are the personal reasons I appreciate the Union. Plus, I'm weary of people thinking just because you work with your hands, that you're stupid and don't deserve to reap any of the benefits for a company when they are clearly doing quite well.
     
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  6. If you are in a right to work state,you have a choice. If you are not in a right to work state, you must join.
     
  7. BrownTexas

    BrownTexas Well-Known Member

    Right to work state. Biggest 4 word lie to American workers.
     
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  8. No argument here. I would also call it... right for me not to represent you when you get walked out the door.
     
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  9. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    This is the problem
    I have.


    Should you have a choice? You bet you should. However when you run into a parked car your steward should be able to laugh at you and say good luck at your next job.
     
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  10. I am in a RTW state. And this state they don't even have to give you a reason for giving you da boot.
     
  11. No argument from me. That like people crying that their house burnt down and they didn't buy insurance.
     
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  12. Time to join ..many things I don't like about the union but unfortunately we need them.
     
  13. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Yep. Oh I couldn't afford $100 more per month. Guess you should of bought a house that cost a little less
     
  14. you mean they can't? That's not right!
     
  15. Just like anything else in life. Are you willing to roll the dice?
     
  16. Been since I started. Looking to be a steward, now too.
     
  17. I'm considering running myself shortly bit it's not go to be easy.
     
  18. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    No the way the law is written is you can choose to not join the union but they still have to represent you exactly as if you were a dues paying member.
     
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  19. Wink wink
     
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  20. You need a lot of support and members that go to union meeting's