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0845, 08 Sep 16

94% of Private Sector Union Employees Never Voted for It

Wow. That’s a stunning statistic.

Of the 8 million unionized, private sector employees in the United States, 94 percent have never voted for their own labor union representation.

An hourly autoworker at the Ford Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Terry Bowman, told The Daily Signal that during his 20 years of employment at Ford he has never voted for the union that represents him.

“I have no power to represent myself in any way, shape, or form,” Bowman, aUAW-Ford (United Automobile Workers) employee, told The Daily Signal. “Everything that I have and do is based on that collective bargaining agreement that I have basically been forced to accept if I want to work at Ford Motor Company.”

Bowman, 50, said union representation is forced upon the workers as a condition of employment. His union representation negotiated a collective bargaining agreement on his and other employees’ behalf with employer management.

Thank goodness workers have a choice in Wisconsin now.


0845, 08 September 2016


  1. Le Roi du Nord

    Mr. Bowman “voted” when he chose to accept employment at a union shop. It was no more forced on him than wearing safety glasses or steel toe shoes. He could just as easily taken a job at a non-union shop.  And he can still make that choice and “vote” to leave Ford and go somewhere else.  What IS stunning is that some folks out there don’t understand that principle.

  2. jjf

    The employee may simply be uninformed about union voting. Says the article “UAW-Ford did not respond to The Daily Signal’s phone call inquiring about elections and its collective bargaining agreement.” This reporter ran a story without bothering to confirm the details.

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