Why I Chip In for Dinner With My Friends
It’s important that everyone contribute their fair share—whether at dinner with friends or with your co-workers in the union. The union represents everyone in the fight for better wages and benefits for all—regardless of whether they pay their dues or not.
Labor unions, immigrant advocacy groups, and employers have fought for years over what federal law should say about employers hiring workers who are not U.S. citizens. The battle is an important one because of how such laws can encourage tensions and conflicts among workers based on their nationality or how they can stand in the way of discriminatory employment decisions based on national origin. To control the hiring of undocumented workers, federal law—and possibly your union contract—sets forth requirements as to what personal identification documents your employer can insist upon seeing, and when.
—Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer