There are many consequences to belonging to a union. Some of these consequences are outlined below.
 Initiation fees.
 Check-off, i.e., automatic payroll deduction for monthly dues.
 Union fines.
- Employees can be fined for almost anything: for not attending union meetings; for trying to come into work if there is a strike; for talking back to an officer of the union.
 Possibility of increased union assessments in addition to periodic dues.
- Union members are frequently taxed with increased union assessments in addition to periodic dues.
 Possibility of having to provide strike money for employees in other organizations who are out on strike.
Day-to-Day Work Life
 Erosion of individual relationships with supervisors and management.
- Election of a union requires management to deal with the union in all matters involving wages, hours, and general conditions of employment rather than deal with employees directly.
 Presence of a third party that may cause bad feelings, grievances, friction and dissension which otherwise would not have existed.
 Loss of reward and promotion on the basis of individual merit.
 Seniority provisions that could frustrate the ambitions of quality employees.
 Loss of choice by having to strike.
- There is a possibility that a union will call a strike, or work stoppage, even though the employer has been and is willing to continue bargaining with the union.
 Loss of compensation during a strike or work stoppage.
- Any strike costs an employee money in lost wages that they may never recoup.
- Striking employees run the risk of the company exercising its legal right to permanently replace them.
- In most states striking employees receive no unemployment benefits.
 Difficulty in voting out a union once it’s in.
- Voting a union out is done through extremely complicated procedures that can take up to many months or even years which, even then, might not be successful.
In addition to the ideas discussed above, creating a pro-active work environment should also include the components to be discussed in upcoming blogs, as part of a comprehensive strategy.