why would a union prevent some of its members paid according to their qualifications?

We are five lab techs working for a food processing company. A college or university degree in science and laboratory experience are the requirements to get the job. Our pay-scale is the same as the positions were post-secondary education is not required. Some of the production workers are getting premiums for their "advanced" positions. We do not get a cent. The maintanance department have a separate pay-scale based on their qualifications. The union is reluctant to do the same for the Q.C. department. The company seems to be willing to pay us more money if the union approves our request. Is this because 4 of the five staff members are women? Or why would the union be against a few of it's members while recognising the qualification of other members. We need help and any links will be welcome Thank you. libero

Asked By: libero - 9/20/2007
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Sounds like a good question to me. It would seem that it would be on more of a professional level that you work on. There probably are others that work under the same circumstances that you do. Check with any other trade organizations that are in your field. I used to work as a Med Lab Tech. We were always paid less... More
Answered By: rabidliberal - 9/20/2007
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