In “Union Hypocrisy: Organized Labors Double Standard in Business and Politics” , author and labor relations consultant R.M. Smith offers a unique perspective on unions and their members. Smith uses her history with the Teamsters to share personal information and history on the recent status of unions and their latest hypocrisy. “Union Hypocrisy” is divided into multiple sections, each providing a look inside the current union movement. Information includes how unions react when their own employees want union representation, unions that sell out their own employees, and the history of the ties between unions and the Democratic Party.
A major focus of “Union Hypocrisy” is how unions have transformed from a movement that fought for workers’ rights into an association that now puts other objectives in front of union workers. It also examines the relationship between organized labor and political parties. “Nobody has written a book like this before. ‘Union Hypocrisy’ includes actual documents, along with an untold history that insiders usually do not talk about, all which confirm the claims I make in the book,” says Smith. “I was inspired to write this book because of my experiences with the union from both sides. I was with the Teamsters for 16 years, and since 2007, I have been working as a labor consultant for various companies.” Written in the nature of political authors Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin, Smith mixes political and business tones to give readers involved in labor unions, or interested in the labor movement, a creative outlook that is unique for a book of this subject matter.
About the Author
R. M. Smith started with the Teamsters in the Convention Industry. In 2000, she went into the Southern Nevada Teamsters’ Training Trust as a trainer and then advanced to Executive Director. While an Executive Director, she sat on negotiating committees, arbitrated cases for apprentices. Smith developed, implemented, and directed a registered apprenticeship program as well as wrote the training manuals. Smith had several articles written in trade magazines and the newspaper regarding this apprenticeship program as well as an Innovation award for designing a new trade training program. She was elected by representatives of 26 union trade organizations as secretary treasurer of the Western Apprenticeship Coordinators Association (WACA).
In 2007, Smith started consulting in Labor Relations. Smith’s first book on organized labor is Union Hypocrisy, she is currently working on her second book, “Welcome to the Darkside; We have Cookies,” which is based on true events and is told with a dry wit.