Do I need to be in a union?
February 9, 2011 2:16 PM Subscribe
I've been contacted by a union organizer regarding the potential formation of a union to represent administrative staff at the large public university where I work. What does this mean?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I work at one of the University of California schools in a professional, administrative (non-managerial) capacity. I am not in a union and don't really have strong feelings about unions one way or the other. A union organizer just called me on my work phone because she says I signed a "commitment card" at some event back in November indicating my support for the formation of a union to represent me and others at my university in an administrative role. While I have no recollection of doing that, it's possible that I didn't realize what I was signing so I chatted with the woman for a bit as I'm curious about what being in a union would mean.
She was calling to invite me to an organizing meeting and though I can't attend due to other commitments, I'm curious what attending the meeting would mean and what, if any, consequences there might be (positive and negative) to being either part of the organizing effort or just a member in the union.
As I mentioned, I'm pretty ambivalent about unions in general but I don't really have a clear sense of what one would do for me. Do I need a union?