30 maintenance workers from Rush University in Chicago recently voted against the Teamsters Local 743. 70% voted to remove power from the union, arguing that the work conditions and pay were not as promised. Now having the union gone, the workers can negotiate for themselves.

In The Center Square, National Right to Work Foundation Vice President Patrick Semmens is quoted:

“It is a secret ballot election that is the first step in this process,” Semmens said. “If the ballot comes back with a majority of the vote in favor of removal, then that union is no more.” […]

“Unions do a lot of raises based on seniority instead of merit,” Semmens said. “A lot of the hardest working individuals do not ever get rewarded because they have not been there as long as others.”

Patrick Semmens, as quoted in the Center Square

National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix also shares his commentary as well:

“The successful ouster is the latest in a string of successful worker-led decertifications of Teamsters officials across the country. Right to Work protections ensures that no worker can be required to join or pay dues to a union as a condition of keeping his or her job,” he said. “We will continue to work towards a day when unions can neither impose their so-called ‘representation on individual workers against their will, nor force them to fund union activities.”

Mark Mix, as quoted in The Center Square
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