Workers' rights do not magically disappear in "The Most Magical Place on Earth"
Lake Buena Vista, FL (September 16, 2014) – With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a Walt Disney World worker filed a federal charge Monday against a local union for violating his rights.
Winter Garden resident Hector Santana-Quintana filed the unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Teamsters Local 385 for ignoring his right to refrain from paying union dues.
On June 1, 2014, Santana-Quintana resigned from the union and revoked his dues deduction authorization – a document used by union officials to automatically collect dues from workers' paychecks – while the union did not have a contract at his workplace.
Under Florida's popular Right to Work law, no worker can be required to join or pay any money to a union. Under federal labor law, workers can unconditionally revoke their dues deduction authorizations once a contract between the union and their employer terminates.
Despite Santana-Quintana's efforts to exercise his rights, Teamster Local 385 union officials continue to confiscate full union dues payments from his paychecks.
"Teamster union bosses are refusing to honor this worker's legally-protected right to resign his union membership and cut off union dues," said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. "To Teamster union bosses' chagrin, federal and state statutory protections for workers still apply in the so-called 'Magic Kingdom'."
The charge will be investigated by the NLRB regional office in Tampa.