Regarding a recent email: "Maryland Appraiser Union Joins American Guild of Appraisers/OPEIU"
Any "unionization" attempted by appraisers will not survive a legal challenge.
Appraisers cannot unionize because it would be a violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Appraisers are independent contractors, and any discussion of setting uniform or baseline fees is price-fixing, and therefore illegal.
Consider that the Appraisal Institute must remain silent on the topic of fees for this reason. Also consider that the NAR has been threatened with multi-million dollar fines by the FTC for publishing fee percentage recommendations for member services.
We don’t need a union. We need fellow appraisers to stop sabotaging our profession by working for free.