The company may tell you you’ll never benefit from a
Teamster contract because they’ll never sign one. Since it is
illegal to say this directly, they may say, "Remember, we don't
have to agree to what you want in the contract."
Your company is legally required to negotiate with the
union you choose. Every company talks tough before workers
organize; don’t let them bully you. It’s in the company’s
interest to keep its employees satisfied and keep the work
flowing. Once you present them with reasonable contract
proposals, management usually compromises.
They’ll tell you the plant may close if they have to deal
with a union. They’ll tell you that unions are bad for business.
They’ll say most anything to convince you that unionizing will
threaten your job.
Companies fold for economic reasons. The vast majority
of failed businesses are non-union. If your company is
really in bad shape, let them prove it by opening their
Management may tell you that a union can force you out on
strike whether you want to go or not. They may threaten that if
you leave your job for a strike you could lose it forever. They
may ask you how your family will survive if you are forced out
When a company threatens that a union will force you out on
strike, they break the law. No union can force you to
strike. A strike is a decision voted on by you and your
co-workers. If the majority doesn’t want a strike, there is
no strike. Almost 99 percent of all Teamster contract
negotiations are resolved without a strike.
The company will tell you that the union just wants your
money. They may lie about the amount of dues you will pay to be
The improvements in pay and benefits you get with a Teamster
contract outweigh the cost of your dues, usually by a huge
margin. The improvements in your working conditions and in
the dignity with which you are treated are immeasurable.
Teamster dues average two hours pay per month. An
organization that works for you is worth paying for.
The Facts About Teamster Dues
The company will try to scare you by saying that unions
bring violence and conflict. Near election time, management
sometimes will cause problems and then blame the union.
Collective bargaining’s very reason for existence is to
solve problems peacefully. With Teamster representation,
workers and management sit down as equals - at the
bargaining table and in the grievance process. This doesn’t
create violence, it prevents it.
The company will tell you that a union just takes your dues
money to pay the high salaries of union elected officials.
Union expenses, including the salaries of union
officers, are approved by the membership. Union money is
spent solely for their members' benefit. Your dues can only
be increased by a majority vote. Union members decide how
union money is spent.
Your supervisor may suggest that you can get a promotion or
better pay if you support management. He’ll probably tell you
that the company will give special treatment and favors to
workers who are "team players" who vote against unionizing.
Not only is this illegal, it’s usually not true.
Generally any special treatment ends on election day. Many
workers who are tricked this way find themselves treated
just as poorly as their co-workers after a union organizing
drive is defeated.
Before a union election, a so-called "Vote No" committee
often mysteriously appears. This committee does management’s
dirty work. It passes out literature filled with company lies
about the union. It spreads rumors and insults co-workers who
support the union. "Vote No" committee members may be recruited
from friends and relatives of management. Usually, they are
promised special treatment or a promotion for their foul deeds.
Your company knows that if you and your co-workers are