Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Want your SEIU union card back? Good luck.

Unions would have you believe that union cards are the pinnacle of democracy—or at least that’s what they’d like you to believe when it comes to passing the Employee Free Choice Act. Union cards, they say, are far superior to secret ballot booths when it come to measuring an employee’s interest in joining a union.

Of course, everyone knows thats a load of horse manure. That being said, here’s one more example of why union cards–in this case, SEIU’s card use to raid UNITE-HERE–are a terrible measure of employees’ interest.

Here’s the process of getting the card back from the union, should an employee change his or her mind:

This authorization shall be irrevocable for one year from the date signed below, or until the expiration of WORKERS UNITED’s contract with my employer, whichever is sooner, and shall be automatically renewed for successive one year period from the date signed below. I can revoke this authorization only by sending written notice by registered mail to my employers and to WORKERS UNITED not more than 20 days and not less than 10 days: 1) before the expiration of each yearly period, or 2) before the expiration of WORKERS UNITED’s contract with my employer.

Seriously, this is worse than the worst fine print on a Bank of American credit card policy statement.


Download the complete card here.

Categories: Center for Union FactsEFACEnding Secret BallotsSEIUUNITE HERE