Nurse Wins NLRB Settlement Against Union for Illegal Policies Designed to Infringe on Right to Resign
NRTW Foundation staff attorneys asking NLRB to inform other nurses of settlement through union email system to avoid keeping them in the dark about their rights
Olympia, WA (June 16, 2015) – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a unilateral settlement between United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 (UFCW 21) and Sandra Dickson in response to unfair labor practice charges filed by National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys for Dickson.
Dickson worked as a registered nurse at Providence St. Peter Hospital. She was not a union member, but because Washington is a forced unionism state, Dickson was required as a condition of employment to fork over a portion of her paycheck to union bosses for so-called “agency fees.”
On December 29, 2014, charges were filed with the NLRB against UFCW 21 regarding an illegal “window period” restriction in the current collective bargaining contract and a requirement that workers provide their social security number in order to exercise their Beck rights to object to paying for activities unrelated to bargaining. “Window period” restrictions limit when union members can resign their membership, contrary to US Supreme Court precedent that union members have the right to resign their union membership at any time, for any reason.