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    1 year anniversary of Michigan's Right to Work passage:  Decemer 11, 2013

    One year ago today, a momentous and historical event took place in Lansing as Michigan’s 629,000 union members were granted additional rights, freedoms, and protections.  Ignoring political consequences and some personal threats, our elected officials in the legislature and governor’s office stood stoically by principle and passed Right to Work legislation.

    As a UAW member who spent all day on the grounds of the Capitol, I remember being awestruck when I received the phone call that the Governor had signed the bill.  At long last, Michigan was the newest home for workplace freedom.  I could not stop smiling.

    Since then, union officials have repeatedly confirmed why workers needed the protections granted to them with the new bill.  It also confirms that our battle is far from over, and it’s time to get back to work...

    See entire article from The Detroit News by clicking
    'here'

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    PRESS RELEASE
    Union Conservatives 'Blasts' UAW Executives for considering Dues Increase
    Union member organization demands Accountability and Transparency
    (Ypsilanti, Mi., 12/5/13) -Terry Bowman, president and founder of Union Conservatives, a non-profit organization with members in 35 states, today blasted UAW officials for considering an outrageous 25% dues increase on their already burdened membership.  "This blatant notion by UAW officials to outsource their failed policies onto the backs of hard-working members will not go unanswered," vowed Bowman, a 17-year UAW member who works for Ford Motor Co.  "If UAW executives go down this ruinous path, we will put forth a call to action to the membership to publicly demand the UAW opens its books to a 3rd party auditor.  We will find out exactly what union officials are spending our money on, and why they have not instead looked at deep cuts in expenses."

    Bowman, who in 2012 testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. in a hearing entitled, "The Right to Choose:  Protecting Workers from Forced Political Contributions", is concerned that the UAW may be padding their coffers in anticipation for spending large amounts on the 2014 political season.  "As union workers, we have seen the expensive evidence of failed UAW political actions in 2012 such as the disastrous fight to pass proposal 2, and the bizarre and image-damaging attempt to create an 'Occupy' type grassroots movement called the '99% spring'.  We remind UAW executives that up to 40% of their membership base disagrees with their political agenda, and we will remind those workers of their 'Beck' rights and the upcoming opportunity for Michigan workers to exercise their protections under the new Right to Work law."

    As the nation's 24th Right to Work state, UAW members in Michigan can opt-out of the union beginning when their contracts expire; for auto workers that is not until September, 2015.  "Beck" rights relate to a 1988 Supreme Court case entitled: The Communication Workers of America v. Beck.  The Supreme Court ruled that workers should not have to pay for unwanted union political activity, and gave workers an avenue that requires first resigning their union membership, and then only paying an 'agency' fee which is supposed to be devoid of any political spending.

    Bowman also vows to educate workers in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi of the proposed increase in union dues.  "For workers in the southern states, this additional information will give them extra ammunition to fight back against continued attempts by union organizers to ignore worker's desires to remain non-union."

    Describing exact actions, Bowman said that if there is any dues increase, Union Conservatives would:
    1. Demand a detailed list of cost-cutting measures taken by union officials.
    2. Demand a detailed third-party auditing of all spending
    3. Demand a detailed third-party auditing of the union's strike fund
    4. Demand a complete auditing of costs associated with the Black Lake Facility in Northern Michigan; including an appraisal of the property for sale.
    5. Demand a complete auditing of costs associated with political activity, including the union's 'Vote Center' located in Detroit, and the cost of publication and disbursement of the hyper-political 'Solidarity' magazine.
    6. A listing of all International UAW executives and employees pay increases over the last 10 years.
    7. Demand full detailed accounting of union region offices and locals.
    Union Conservatives, Inc., is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization formed in 2010.  Donations are not tax-deductible for income tax purposes.




    Have you ever wondered how Union Conservatives was started?
    President and founder Terry Bowman reveals the beginnings of Union Conservatives during this 1-hour radio interview with host of
    "The American Dream", Jay McNally

    Click 'here' for the full interview

    December 11, 2012
    Michigan becomes the nation's 24th Right to Work State








    Union Conservatives in Washington

    On February 8th, 2012, Union Conservatives' president Terry Bowman testified on behalf of the millions of union members who disagree with the political agenda of their union officials.

    "The Right to Choose:  Protecting Union Workers from Forced Political Contributions."
                                                                                        

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa dedicated the committee and its powerful history to listening to the truth on Political discrimination of union workers.  

    "Nothing will change, and our union officials will never stop their offensive and disturbing political activity with our dues, until we, union members who disagree with our union officials political activities, speak up and let our voices be heard."

    You can find a link to the entire hearing video by clicking  'here'.   

    Terry's 5 minute opening statement can be found 'here'

    After the hearing was concluded, Fox News Anchor Neil Cavuto requested to have Terry on his show.   You can watch the clip by clicking on the image below:



    The next day, Terry was asked to appear on Fox News show "America Live!" with anchor Megyn Kelly.  You can watch the clip by clicking on the image below:





    News and Events

    PRESS RELEASE

    Union Conservatives 'Blasts' UAW Executives for considering Dues Increase
    Union member organization demands Accountability and Transparency
    (Ypsilanti, Mi., 12/5/13) -Terry Bowman, president and founder of Union Conservatives, a non-profit organization with members in 35 states, today blasted UAW officials for considering an outrageous 25% dues increase on their already burdened membership.  "This blatant notion by UAW officials to outsource their failed policies onto the backs of hard-working members will not go unanswered," vowed Bowman, a 17-year UAW member who works for Ford Motor Co.  "If UAW executives go down this ruinous path, we will put forth a call to action to the membership to publicly demand the UAW opens its books to a 3rd party auditor.  We will find out exactly what union officials are spending our money on, and why they have not instead looked at deep cuts in expenses."

    Bowman, who in 2012 testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. in a hearing entitled, "The Right to Choose:  Protecting Workers from Forced Political Contributions", is concerned that the UAW may be padding their coffers in anticipation for spending large amounts on the 2014 political season.  "As union workers, we have seen the expensive evidence of failed UAW political actions in 2012 such as the disastrous fight to pass proposal 2, and the bizarre and image-damaging attempt to create an 'Occupy' type grassroots movement called the '99% spring'.  We remind UAW executives that up to 40% of their membership base disagrees with their political agenda, and we will remind those workers of their 'Beck' rights and the upcoming opportunity for Michigan workers to exercise their protections under the new Right to Work law."

    As the nation's 24th Right to Work state, UAW members in Michigan can opt-out of the union beginning when their contracts expire; for auto workers that is not until September, 2015.  "Beck" rights relate to a 1988 Supreme Court case entitled: The Communication Workers of America v. Beck.  The Supreme Court ruled that workers should not have to pay for unwanted union political activity, and gave workers an avenue that requires first resigning their union membership, and then only paying an 'agency' fee which is supposed to be devoid of any political spending.

    Bowman also vows to educate workers in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi of the proposed increase in union dues.  "For workers in the southern states, this additional information will give them extra ammunition to fight back against continued attempts by union organizers to ignore worker's desires to remain non-union."

    Describing exact actions, Bowman said that if there is any dues increase, Union Conservatives would:
    1. Demand a detailed list of cost-cutting measures taken by union officials.
    2. Demand a detailed third-party auditing of all spending
    3. Demand a detailed third-party auditing of the union's strike fund
    4. Demand a complete auditing of costs associated with the Black Lake Facility in Northern Michigan; including an appraisal of the property for sale.
    5. Demand a complete auditing of costs associated with political activity, including the union's 'Vote Center' located in Detroit, and the cost of publication and disbursement of the hyper-political 'Solidarity' magazine.
    6. A listing of all International UAW executives and employees pay increases over the last 10 years.
    7. Demand full detailed accounting of union region offices and locals.
    Union Conservatives, Inc., is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization formed in 2010.  Donations are not tax-deductible for income tax purposes.




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    Detroit News Article - 1 Year Anniversary of Right to Work
    by
    Terry Bowman

    One year ago today, a momentous and historical event took place in Lansing as Michigan’s 629,000 union members were granted additional rights, freedoms, and protections.  Ignoring political consequences and some personal threats, our elected officials in the legislature and governor’s office stood stoically by principle and passed Right to Work legislation.

    As a UAW member who spent all day on the grounds of the Capitol, I remember being awestruck when I received the phone call that the Governor had signed the bill.  At long last, Michigan was the newest home for workplace freedom.  I could not stop smiling.

    Since then, union officials have repeatedly confirmed why workers needed the protections granted to them with the new bill.  It also confirms that our battle is far from over, and it’s time to get back to work.

    click 'here' to read the entire article