A Union’s Difficult Balancing Act

It can get a little complicated for the union to make decisions. It’s not uncommon to have situations where individuals or smaller groups within the bargaining unit have potentially 2015.10.05 membertip balanceconflicting interests. For example, two union-represented employees get into a fight. Each claims that the other started the fight. It can be hard for the union to sort out how to advocate for both of these union members’ interests at the same time. Just as the larger society makes decisions that balance the interests of different groups—whether it’s more fair to raise money by raising the income tax rate or the sales tax, for instance—so must our unions.

—Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer