Union workers across America are beginning to reclaim control over the hard-earned
fruits of their labor as a pro-employee legal reform known as "paycheck
protection" challenges union leaders in state after state to become more accountable
to their rank-and-file members.
Paycheck protection allows union workers to make their own political, social, and moral
choices about how their dues are spentwithout having to sacrifice their economic
interests as union members. Under paycheck protection, unions are required to get
permission from individual workers before spending dues money on political campaigns and
other non-workplace-related activities.
The time is ripe for Michigan's union workers to enjoy the fullest legal protection of
their right to make their own choices concerning how their dues are spent. Paycheck
protection is simply a matter of fairness, union accountability, and the fulfillment of a
promise the U. S. Supreme court made to America's union workers in 1988.