8 Jun 2015

Carpenters Union Officials Hit with Charges for Illegal Retaliation Against Workers Who Resigned Membership

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Carpenters Union Officials Hit with Charges for Illegal Retaliation Against Workers Who Resigned Membership
NLRB will investigate charges that union bullied workers who resigned from the union and took a nonunion job rather than remain out of work in the union 

Boone, IA (June 8, 2015) – Unfair labor practice charges have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board against the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and its Local 308 union. The charges were filed by workers, with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, who faced retaliation from union officials after they resigned their union membership.

The workers are carpenters and resigned their membership in Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Local 308 on June 23, 2014. They then found employment with Lehman & Associates Concrete, Inc. in Boone, Iowa.

On August 1, 2014, the union filed internal discipline charges against the workers for finding work at Lehman and Associates, which is a union free workplace, despite the fact that workers who exercise their right to resign formal union membership can no longer be subjected to internal union discipline procedures. 
27 May 2015

Federal Judge Certifies Class-Action Lawsuit Challenging Forced Fees for California Civil Servants

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Federal Judge Certifies Class-Action Lawsuit Challenging Forced Fees for California Civil Servants
 
Lawsuit builds on Knox Supreme Court decision, seeks to require unions to obtain employees’ affirmative consent before collecting any money for political activities
 
 
Sacramento, CA (May 27, 2015) – The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California has just granted class-action status to a lawsuit filed by California civil servants against SEIU Local 1000. The lawsuit challenges the union’s collection policy, which requires nonmembers to affirmatively object to paying for union politics, and asks that the SEIU be required to get employees’ permission before spending their money on political activism. The plaintiffs are receiving free legal assistance from a National Right to Work Foundation staff attorney, who has been certified as the attorney for a class estimated to consist of at least 34,000 workers.

The lawsuit builds on Knox v. SEIU Local 1000, a Right to Work Foundation-won United States Supreme Court decision from 2012. In Knox, the High Court held, for the first time, that a union should not have collected dues for a political spending campaign without nonmembers’ affirmative consent.

In California and 24 other states that lack Right to Work laws, nonunion employees can be forced to pay union dues or fees to keep a job. However, employees have the right to opt out of paying for activities unrelated to workplace bargaining, such as union political activism.
22 May 2015

Michigan Bus Drivers File Complaint to Enforce Their Rights Under Michigan’s Right to Work Law

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Michigan Bus Drivers File Complaint to Enforce Their Rights Under Michigan’s Right to Work Law

AFSCME union officials and school district entered into illegal agreement threatening the jobs of drivers who don’t pay union dues or fees


Oakland County, MI
(May 22, 2015) –Ten Michigan workers filed a complaint in Oakland County Circuit Court alleging their rights, under the Michigan Right to Work law, were violated when they were forced to pay union dues as a condition of employment, and when they were threatened with termination of employment.

The workers, Ronald Weider, Robin Atkins, Claudine Barnes, Arthur Brannan, Brad Bell, Belinda Colley, Cheryl Gorham, Danyell Polk, Sonya Tiggs, and Lisa Vanderzyppe are all school bus drivers for the Avondale School District, and are represented by attorneys at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

The bus drivers are seeking injunctive relief, return of dues paid to the union, and other relief from American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 202 (AFSCME) union officials who have the power to exclusively represent all workers in the bargaining unit, even nonmember employees.

14 Apr 2015

Fort Leonard Wood Food Service Employees Win Refunds in Federal Settlement over Illegal Union Dues Seizures

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Fort Leonard Wood Food Service Employees Win Refunds in Federal Settlement over Illegal Union Dues Seizures

Company and union officials obstructed workers from exercising rights to refrain from union membership and dues payments

Fort Leonard Wood, MO (April 14, 2015) – With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, two Fort Leonard Wood food service workers have won a federal settlement from a local union for violating their and several of their coworkers’ rights.

In November 2014, Kimsha Rosensteel, an 11-year employee with the Overland Park, Kansas-based food services provider EDP Enterprises, Inc., and coworker Stephanie Fenton filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R14-139 union. Rosensteel later filed a charge against the company.

12 Apr 2015

Teamster Union Faces Federal Charge for Violating Machinery Manufacturing Company Worker’s Rights

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Teamster Union Faces Federal Charge for Violating Machinery Manufacturing Company Worker’s Rights

Teamster union officials retaliate against workers who exercise rights under Texas’ popular Right to Work law

Longview, TX (April 14, 2015) – With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a Crosby Group/Lebus Manufacturing Company worker has filed a federal charge against a local Teamsters union for violating her rights.

White Oak resident Sammie Monroe filed the unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Teamsters Local 568 for threatening her for exercising her right to refrain from paying union dues. Under Texas’ popular Right to Work law, no worker can be required to join or pay fees to a union as a condition of employment.

Even though Monroe resigned her formal union membership and now refrains from paying dues, she must still accept Teamster Local 568 union officials’ so-called “representation.” Because Teamster union officials have claimed monopoly bargaining privilege to speak for and control all workers, including nonmembers like Monroe, they must fairly represent all the workers in the bargaining unit.

11 Apr 2015

Part-time Fry’s Pharmacy Tech Hits Grocery Union Officials with Federal Charge for Violating His Rights

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Part-time Fry’s Pharmacy Tech Hits Grocery Union Officials with Federal Charge for Violating His Rights

Union bosses continue to stonewall college student’s attempts to exercise rights under Arizona’s popular Right to Work law

Phoenix, AZ (April 14, 2015) – A Fry’s Food and Drugstore pharmacy technician and Arizona State University (ASU) student has filed a federal charge against the United Food and Commercial Worker (UFCW) Local 99 union for stonewalling his attempts to exercise his rights to refrain from union membership and dues payments under Arizona’s popular Right to Work law.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Phoenix resident Travis Prall filed the unfair labor practice charge last Wednesday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Under Arizona’s Right to Work law, no worker can be required to join or pay fees to a union as a condition of employment.

Prall, an ASU biology student, began working for Fry’s in December 2013.

13 Feb 2014

TV Report: California Civil Servants Challenge SEIU Dues Scheme

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A news report highlights the a recent case filed by Foundation staff attorneys on behalf of a group of California Civil Servants against SEIU Local 1000:

27 Jun 2013

Video: Worker, Foundation Staff Attorney Expose Card Check Coercion at Congressional Hearing

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Yesterday the the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing about card check organizing campaigns.

An Orange County, California hospital worker and her National Right to Work Foundation staff attorney testified about the need for workers to be able to choose free from coercion whether they want a union hierarchy in their workplace.

Marlene Felter discussed her effort to stave off unwanted Service Employees International Union (SEIU) boss "representation" from her workplace:

Glenn Taubman, who has over 30 years of experience on the Foundation’s legal staff, also testified on the abuses of card check instant organizing:

Read more about the federal settlement won by Chapman Medical Center workers to remove the unwanted SEIU union officials’ representation from their workplace.

8 Feb 2013

Right to Work President Mark Mix Discusses Obama’s Controversial “Recess” Appointments on The Blaze TV

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National Right to Work President Mark Mix appeared on The Blaze TV to discuss a recent DC Court of Appeals ruling that strikes down President Obama’s unconstitutional "recess" appointments to the NLRB. Check out the full video below:

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys are challenging the Obama “recess appointments” in multiple cases on behalf of employees who have had their rights violated.

For more on the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional attempts to pack the NLRB, check out our recent press release on the issue.


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14 Dec 2012

Mark Mix Discusses Michigan’s Right to Work Law on Fox News

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National Right to Work President Mark Mix recently appeared on Fox News to talk about Michigan’s move to become the 24th Right to Work state in the country.