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FAQs

No. Sometimes union organizers will say "just try us" or imply you can vote the union in on a "trial basis." That’s not accurate. Decertifying a union from a workplace is not easy. It is a lot harder to get rid of a union than it is to vote one in.

Associates would be required to stick with the new union for at least one year, or even as long as 4 years, depending upon whether a union contract is reached and how long the contract is for. A typical 3-year contract freezes associates into the Union for at least those 3 years. It is important for associates to understand the longevity of a union and its contracts so that they do not vote the Union in on a whim. The union organizer says that the Union exists for the benefit of the associates and that it is wrong to oppose the Union. While a union represents associates, it is not a charitable or benevolent organization. A union is a business. Union organizers are professional salespeople whose success depends on selling memberships. UMC's associates are the Union's potential customers. A union's primary income is derived from its members' dues, fees, assessments and fines.

Yes. You have the right to speak out against the Union if you do not want it to represent you. You have a right, today, to speak out against whatever you feel is unjust or will have a negative impact on you or your peers. If you feel that being forced into a union agreement is unjust, you have the right to act now. Just as those supporting unionization have the ability to advocate for it, you have the power to defend your right to continue to represent yourself. You have the same right to express your beliefs as those who support the Union, and you should take advantage of them.

Yes. Union organizers can make promises and "guarantees" to associates during organizing drives, but they do not have the power to fulfill these promises or guarantees without the consent of the Company during contract negotiations. UMC and its supervisors are prohibited by law from making promises and guarantees during union organizing drives, even though the union can. Think of union organizers like political candidates; they make many promises that voters want to hear in order to get elected all the while knowing that they may not be able to fulfill them once elected. If they win the election, they only have won the right to sit at a table and negotiate (ask) for things that they want. Remember, the law says the Company can say no to any demand. Their promises don't automatically become true once the election is over.

No. Union supporters will not be given favorable treatment over those who vote to keep the union out, and vice versa. If a union is voted in, wages and job assignments will be determined by a negotiated contract, if and when an agreement is reached. Often a union will give a Shop Steward role to its strongest supporters and demand in negotiations special privileges and benefits for the Shop Stewards.

Unfortunately, Federal law requires that an employer give the union and National Labor Relations Board a list of the names, emails, cell and home phone numbers and addresses of associates eligible to vote in the election. UMC has always treated this information as personal and confidential, but we had no choice but to comply with this law.

Yes. Be sure to vote at the election and encourage others to do the same. Remember, the election will be decided by a majority of those who actually vote. That means if out of 100 associates only 50 vote and of those, 26 vote for the union, the union comes in and represents all 100 associates including those who voted against the union and those who didn’t vote at all. Be careful if someone tells you "just don't vote if you don't want the union." If you do not vote, you are allowing someone else to make this important decision for you. Everyone will be bound by the result, whether they voted or not.

No. You have the same right to express your opinions as the associates who support the union. At UMC we always hope our associates will speak up and have their voices heard. Even if you are not involved in the organizing activity, you are involved in the outcome. The results will impact you and your work life for a long time. Don't be intimidated. Speak up. We hope all associates are respectful of their co-workers' opinions, but it is important that your opinion is known to the extent you to want it to be. Even if it may seem as though you are alone at first, there likely will be others in the group who agree with you.

If the Union wins the election, it will be speaking for all associates in the bargaining unit as a group, regardless of how an individual associate voted. Unions usually also want a "dues check-off" provision in a contract, which means that dues are automatically deducted from members' paychecks. We think it's fair to ask - If the union so badly wants a check-off clauses, what is the union willing to sacrifice of yours in order to get it? The answer could be something you now enjoy. Remember, while associates may not have to officially join a union in a Right to Work state, if a union is voted in it speaks for and binds everyone to a contract, whether they like it or not.

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