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September 13, 2007 09:18 PM UTC

Harsanyi Loves Him Some Free Union Benefits

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Opponents of “Right to Work” laws (a ballot measure is being attempted for 2008 in Colorado) basically say that you don’t have to pay union dues in order to enjoy the benefits that are collectively bargained. Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi is a staunch supporter of “Right to Work,” perhaps because he already enjoys getting his free benefits.

As Colorado Confidential reports:

Currently, “right to work” is right at home in the state’s two largest newspapers where scribes for Denver’s two major news dailies are working under a “right to work” situation —  employees can receive negotiated benefits such as health insurance and annual pay increases without paying union dues.

David Harsanyi, a Post columnist and outspoken supporter of “right to work,” is covered under the Denver Newspaper Guild contract, where employees of the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News can decide to voluntarily support the guild with membership fees.

“Obviously, employees should always have the freedom to collectively bargain,” says Harsanyi, who did not wish to comment publicly on the guild’s agreement. “But a worker who would rather not be part of that collective–because they disagree with the union’s position, or don’t view unions as “protection,” or have conflicting political views–should have the freedom to bargain individually.”

According to Tracy Simmons, an administrative officer with the guild, the union represents newsroom journalists not identifying as management, with the exclusion of some columnists.

“The rest of the people who are covered by the contract are in what’s called an open shop,” says Simmons. “Under the laws of this country they get the benefits of the contract. They do not pay any sort of dues or fees. Any membership is voluntary.”…

…While employees can opt out of paying the guild, Simmons says membership is necessary to union existence.

“There are some people who are members. But without those members there would be no union,” she says. “When everybody takes the free lunch there’s no union.

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9 thoughts on “Harsanyi Loves Him Some Free Union Benefits

    1. He doesn’t pay. He opts out of paying dues and gets the same benefits.

      Harsanyi is an honest to goodness welfare queen. He does nothing, expects others to fight on his behalf and gets all of the benefits.

      1. the union, to which he pays neither dues nor a fee for representation, would have to try to get him his job back? 

        Wow.  Talk about taking advantage of your colleagues. 

        1. As a non-exempt employee, the Guild would represent him if he wanted such help, but Harsanyi would have the option of declining, based on what I’ve been told by Guild officials.

  1. that if the Lion’s Club builds a park next to my house and my kids play in it every day, I should be forced to join the club or pay dues?  And more importantly, do I have to wear a bad fez?

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