Unions are implemented by contracts between current or prospective
employees and the union, which is an incorporated entity whose members
and staff are necessarily all employees of the same company. The
union serves to combine the leverage of the employees coherently, to
allow them to more effectively negotiate for improvements in working
conditions and wages.
No such contract can forbid the unilateral withdrawl of a current or
prospective employee from the union at any time for any or no reason.
The contract of an employee with the union usually delegates to the
union the authority to negotiate on behalf of the employee in the
employee's stated interests, and to announce to the employer that the
employee refuses to perform some proportion of his duties, with the
complaints stated regarding the current status of employment, and the
demands stated the fulfillment of which will suffice for the employee
to resume fulfillment of his duties in full. The worker is usually
contractually bound not to work when such an announcement is made.
When a union announces a strike, it must require that all union
members cease work to the same proportionate degree.
Employees must be allowed to vote on whether to accept a contract
offered by the employer before the union can announce or initiate a
strike. If the votes for less the votes against exceeds 25% of
employees then the contract is accepted. Voting must remain open for
at least 48 hours, and be readily and conveniently aaccessible to all
Any employee can form or enter a union, whether or not he is already
in a union, and whether or not other employees are already in a
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