The media have published extensive reports of violence and harassment instigated by union militants at Post Brothers Construction and other nonunion construction employers’ sites in the Philadelphia area. The reports allege that bosses of the Philadelphia Building Trades Unions are at the heart of this despicable activity:
Union violence and harassment raise serious concerns for employees who have much to lose from union boss threats and dictates. Employees have the right under federal labor law, and local criminal and civil laws, to work in an environment free from union threats, violence, and coercion. To protect these rights, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation offers free legal aid to Philadelphia construction employees targeted by union violence and harassment.
One of the ironies of the situation in Philadelphia is that the building trades unions have traditionally excluded and discriminated against black workers, yet Post Brothers Construction, which is under attack by union bosses, has a workforce made up primarily of black construction workers.
Post Brothers Construction workers and other Philadelphia area construction employees may want to contact the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation to learn how they can protect and vindicate their right to continue to work and support themselves and their families in the face of union intimidation and threats. Much of the important information about those rights can be found on our website here.
The Foundation wants you to learn about your legal rights from independent sources. You should not rely on what self-interested union officials tell you. For over four decades, Foundation attorneys have worked in the courts to protect and expand the rights of individual employees when confronted with union violence. One such example is here.
The Foundation is the nation’s premier organization exclusively dedicated to providing free legal assistance to employee victims of forced unionism abuse.
All construction workers should know they have the following rights:
1) If you don’t support a union, you do not have to join. Employees who are members can send the union a letter resigning their membership.
2) If you are harassed or threatened by a union, promptly report all incidents to the police. Also report the incidents to your employer. Keep detailed records, including photos, tapes, or videos when possible, of these incidents.