Presuming you are a legal American Citizen with full voting privleges, (that is, not a convicted felon, etc), there is NO ONE, or NO ENTITY who has ANY legal authority to tell you if you can or can't vote, or how to vote.
Sadly, all too often in this country, we see people / organizations ASSUMING non-existant authority, expecting that uninformed people will follow along like blind sheep. But that's another story for another topic.
Whether you want to take a stand and challenge the union bosses for saying this, is a decision only you can make, based on your values, and how you value what it might cost you in retributions.
BUT regardless of whether you challenge it or not... you should GO into that voting booth and VOTE your OWN consicence. It is your Constitutional right. And last time I checked, no mere labor union is above the Constitution.
The place that I work at has an open shop union. I wasn't union when I was staff, and now that I'm management, I'm glad I was never sucked in. At least at our place, the only thing the union is good for is for mucking up things. They protect people that shouldn't have been allowed to stay, and barely skate by. I have to have an iron clad reason for discipline. They add a level of complexity that's so unnecessary.
I think unions work well for some industry (my husband is in a union), but it shouldn't be in healthcare. I would never walk out on a patient, I don't care who told me to do it.
Unions can only spend money that is specifically earmarked for political activities. So, they can't spend your Benefits or grievance budget on solicitations for candidates, they have to spend separate Political Action Committee (PAC) money for that.
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"The minute you hear ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, watch out…because in a truly free nation, no one has to tell you you’re free.” Jacque Fresco
i know some union masons who worked for awhile then dropped the union and started up their own businesses, they said they didnt like dealing with their crap all the time, and besides that even if the union thinks they would be better off with hillary they shouldnt tell you as an individual how to vote, vote for who you want and wear your favorite canidate to work on a shirt.
I can't bear the thought of losing, I dread the attention winning brings