Today in Labor History: June 4
The AFL-CIO opens its new headquarters building, in view of the White House – 1956
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Member Tip: Concluding an Agreement
Membership ratification voting on a tentative contract can take place through a mail ballot or at a union meeting where the vote may be by either open or secret ballot. Almost always, only dues-paying members of the union get to vote on accepting or rejecting the contract. And just as in elections for U.S. president or for legislative representatives, the outcome is determined by those who take the time and trouble to vote; when you choose not to cast a vote in the democratic process of contract ratification, you are letting others decide for you what law of the workplace you will live under.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer