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Washington Family Child Care Providers File Federal Class-Action Lawsuit Challenging Forced Unionization

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Washington Family Child Care Providers File Federal Class-Action Lawsuit Challenging Forced Unionization

Home-based child care providers forced into SEIU ranks against their will

Olympia, WA (March 5, 2015) – Today, a group of family child care providers who receive subsidy payments from the State filed a federal class-action lawsuit challenging a 2006 law that authorizes the forcible unionization of Washington State's 12,000 home-based child care providers.

With free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys in conjunction with the Freedom Foundation, Cindy Mentele and three other providers from around the state filed the suit against Governor Jay Inslee and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

The child care providers' lawsuit challenges the forced-unionism scheme on the grounds that it violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of free political expression and association. National Right to Work Foundation attorneys argue that such schemes violate providers' First Amendment right to choose with whom they associate to petition the government because the government does not have the constitutional authority to force citizens to accept its handpicked political representative to lobby itself.

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More Oil Refinery Workers File Federal Charge in Response to Steelworker Union Strike Intimidation

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More Oil Refinery Workers File Federal Charge in Response to Steelworker Union Strike Intimidation

Union officials threatening workers who exercise their rights to continue working during union boss-ordered strike

Houston, TX (March 4, 2015) – In the wake of a recent federal charge filed against a local Steelworker union for intimidating Shell oil workers for refusing to abandon their jobs during the ongoing, highly-publicized United Steelworker (USW) union-instigated strike, three additional Houston-based oil refinery workers have filed a federal charge against the union.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, LyondellBasell Industries employees Yvonne Hendrix, Richard Jackson, and Kyle MacDonnell filed the unfair labor practice charge Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The charge alleges that USW Local 13-227 union officials are resorting to harassing, coercing, and threatening workers for refusing to abandon their jobs. Over the course of several meetings, a USW Local 13-227 union official has threatened workers who continue to work during the strike with job termination and other retaliation. Further, USW Local 13-227 union officials have allowed a union Facebook page to be used to communicate threats against workers who continue to work during the strike, and against employees who are contemplating returning to work.

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Worker Advocate to Testify before Congress on the Dangers of the NLRB's New Ambush Election Rules

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Worker Advocate to Testify before Congress on the Dangers of the NLRB's New Ambush Election Rules

Foundation staff attorney explains how rule changes undermine workers' rights

Washington, DC (March 3, 2015) – Tomorrow morning, National Right to Work Foundation staff attorney Glenn Taubman will testify before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions on the dangers of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recently-enacted regulations that will further give union organizers the upper hand over independent-minded employees during unionization campaigns.

The Subcommittee, which is chaired by Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), will focus on a series of election rule changes designed to dramatically shorten the time individual workers have to share information with their coworkers about the effects of unionization. The regulations also require employers to hand over workers' private information to union organizers, including their phone numbers and email addresses.

Taubman, a veteran Foundation staff attorney, will contend that dramatically shortening the period before unionization elections will hurt workers' ability to cast an informed vote.

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Worker Advocate Urges Supreme Court to Take Case to Overturn Government Union Bosses Forced Dues Powers

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Worker Advocate Urges Supreme Court to Take Case to Overturn Government Union Bosses Forced Dues Powers

Case builds on Foundation-won Supreme Court precedents

Washington, DC (March 2, 2015) – National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys have filed a "friend of the Court" brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging it to hear a challenge to public-sector union officials' power to force America's civil servants into dues-paying ranks. Foundation attorneys filed the brief late Friday in support of the challenge, titled Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, brought by ten California teachers supported by the Center for Individual Rights.

Nearly 40 years ago, the Court ruled in the Foundation's Abood v. Detroit Board of Education case that public-sector workers can be compelled to pay union fees as a condition of employment, but have a constitutional right to refrain from the part used for union political and members-only activities. Since then, National Right to Work Foundation-assisted workers have repeatedly challenged government union officials' power to force public employees into union fee payments as a job condition.

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Former Seasonal UPS Employee Wins Settlement from Company after Illegal Firing

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Former Seasonal UPS Employee Wins Settlement from Company after Illegal Firing

Company sent worker packing for trying to exercise his right not to join the Teamster union guaranteed by Indiana's popular Right to Work law

Indianapolis, IN (March 2, 2015) – A former seasonal Indianapolis-area UPS (NYSE: UPS) worker has settled with the company after filing unfair labor practice charges against UPS with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Avon resident Dale Thrasher filed the charges with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys after UPS refused to hire him in retaliation for declining to join the Teamsters union during the company's orientation.

Thrasher has been a seasonal employee for UPS for the past several years. In November 2014, while attending a UPS driver orientation, company officials told all potential employees that they were required to join the union as a condition of employment.

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Shell Oil Refinery Worker Files Federal Charge in Wake of Steelworker Union Strike Intimidation

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Shell Oil Refinery Worker Files Federal Charge in Wake of Steelworker Union Strike Intimidation

Union officials threatening workers who refused to abandon their jobs

Houston, TX (February 24, 2015) – As the highly-publicized United Steelworker (USW) union-instigated strike against oil refineries continues, a Shell Oil Company refinery worker has filed a federal charge against a local Steelworker union for intimidating workers for refusing to abandon their jobs.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Joseph Smith of Friendswood, Texas filed the unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

At Smith's plant in Deer Park, roughly 150 of the approximately 800-large workforce have continued to work during the strike, with many resigning their membership in the USW Local 13-1 union, as is their right under federal labor law and Texas' popular Right to Work law. As the stream of workers resigning union membership and returning to work grows every day, it was reported that USW Local 13-1 union officials turned off their fax machine in an attempt to stop workers from exercising their right to resign and return to work.

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