A while back I received a call from a factory nearby to join their workforce. They told me this was for * (bleeped out for the time being, unless this
could be an "actionable" cause.)
The lady on the phone whose name I can not recall, explained to me that she would like to have an over the phone interview with me. I agreed since I
already have a job and was walking home because I don't own a car anymore. She asked me a few general questions like my work habbits, and what my
experience was in a factory. And as soon as I said I did not know what it was like to work in a factory, but I have done "stocking" before with 2500
piece trucks. She immediately asked me with a pretext, and specifically wanted a Yes or No answer only the following:
"Would you join a union?"
My response to this question went like this:
"It depends on the situation."
"I want to know yes or no if you would join a union."
"Again it depends on the situation; If the labor union is correct I will join them. If I find the labor union to be incorrect I will ignore
(Basically what I am saying is that some labor unions get it right and are there to help out the general worker. But I have joined some labor unions
that ultimately I can not agree with. And yes there are some retarded unions out there. I am very careful about which unions I join and which ones I
But the lady on the phone was perSISTENT in hounding me for a final answer of yes or no. OF WHICH I remained CONsistent in my final answer!
"Again I would have to figure out what is going on in the company versus what the workers in the labor union perceive about your business. Because
for me time and time again I have joined Unions in the past only to find out a lot of people just don't wan't to work, instead they want to
socialize and slack off. So I quit their unions and they ask me "why." So again I will say it depends on the situation."
The interview ended there. I never got a call back. I have not pursued an interest in working with a company because of how this interview went.
But two months later I am left asking myself if it is perfectly legal for a company to ask you this question in an interview? Is this allowed or
I have been debating with a friend of mine who says himself "it depends on the situation between you and the employer."
So here is a huge grey area for me because I can't google, or find anyone else talking about this at all on the internet... Maybe my google search is
broken, or maybe no one has ever come across this before from an employer. But seriously I remember the question of "will you join a union" being
clearly stated in the phone call.