Do you realize that the committeemen, chairman, as well as most other local union employees are still paid their hourly wage by the car manufacturer while they are "negotiating " these wages and walking around politicking? The union dues that are paid go to the union hall, strike fund (which was 200 bucks a week pay if you went on strike) various other things as well as a hefty contribution to the Democratic Party members
I've never seen a UAW contract so I don't know who pays the negotiating committee wages there. I'll take your word for it, though, since you said the company pays the wages. The union jobs I worked paid the negotiating committeemen and local officers' wages from the local union treasury which was funded from the membership dues. If GM or Ford or whomever is paying those wages, then it's because the company agreed to pay those wages in the contract.
as well as a hefty contribution to the Democratic Party members.
By federal court decisions, any union member can have that portion of his dues that is normally sent to any political party NOT be withheld from his paycheck or required as part of his membership dues. Most union members don't know this, though.
Very interesting discussion here and I hope you and I and everyone else can at least agree that there is a lot of misinformation and lack of understanding on how a union works and how any union and company interacts before, during, and after a contract is negotiated and ratified or rejected. I really do get the impression that a lot of the anti-union comments and opinions are coming from people who really have never worked in a union environment or ever been union members. I really wish I could sit down face to face with some of the posters and show them where many of their comments and opinions are without true merit, though. There are just too many things that are being presented as fact, when they are only opinions or something they have "heard" from someone. And I will be at least that one person who will admit that abuse has occurred from both sides, union and company, but those abuses have to be taken each case at a time and not painted over with a broad brush that automatically condemns all unions and/or all companies.