- The Washington Times - Friday, September 25, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In reading Colin A. Hanna’s excellent column on the selling out of trade unions by their support of cap-and-trade legislation (“Union sellout on cap-and-trade,” Opinion, Thursday), I would implore all union employees to explore their rights under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Beck v. CWA (1988).

Under this historic decision, unions are held accountable for using their members’ money for non-arbitration purposes. Union members can, by filing their objections to the political activities of their respective unions, receive an advance payment from their union on what the union will be spending on non-arbitration activities.

Members should contact the national union headquarters for information on where to file. A call to the Department of Labor, or to a good labor lawyer, should help awaken the union bosses to the law.

In this way, union members can hit the unions where it hurts - in their pocketbooks. If enough people do this, the unions will have to start listening to their members, as opposed to currying favor with a single political party. I usually receive about 25 percent to 30 percent of my dues back in a check every August.

NORMAN HENDRICKSON



Bowie

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