Michigan workers who have exercised their legal right to opt out of membership with the United Auto Workers are having their names published by the UAW.
It is a move that some say is intimidation.
According to the Detroit News:
A local United Auto Workers chapter in Warren is singling out workers who decide to opt out of the union.
In a recent UAW Local 412 newsletter obtained by The Detroit News, a list of 43 workers “who choose not to pay their fair share” was published alongside “conditions” that will apply to workers who opt out and no longer pay — or partially pay — union dues.
“Pure and simple: It’s intimidation,” said Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy for conservative think tank the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “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.”
The UAW is defending itself by saying the publishing of names is for informational purposes to keep ex-members out of union meetings.
However, as the National Labor Relations Act gives employees the right to engage in specific rights (including joining labor organizations), as well as the right to refrain from such activities, a union’s maintenance of a non-member list (sometimes referred to as a ‘scab list’) could be construed as singling persons out for exercising their rights.
Whether or not the former-UAW members who are being singled out will file charges with the National Labor Relations Board is not known at this time.