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Michigan Civil Servant Files Motion to Defend Michigan's Public-Sector Right to Work Law at Supreme Court

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Michigan Civil Servant Files Motion to Defend Michigan's Public-Sector Right to Work Law at Supreme Court

Union officials fight law that prevents them from forcing workers to pay union dues

Lansing, MI (June 5, 2014) – A Michigan civil servant has filed a motion to file a brief at the state's Supreme Court defending Michigan's recently-enacted public-sector Right to Work law and arguing that it applies to the state's civil servants.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Inventory and Planning Specialist Thomas Haxby, of Kingsley, filed the motion with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

The case, brought by several union hierarchies, is a challenge to Michigan's Right to Work law and whether is applies to the state's civil servants.

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School Bus Drivers File Federal Suit Against District and Local Union for Rights Violations

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School Bus Drivers File Federal Suit Against District and Local Union for Rights Violations

Union bosses trap bus drivers into union membership and dues payments

Little Rock, AR (May 29, 2014) – A group of Pulaski County Special School District bus drivers have filed a federal suit against the school district and a local union for violating their rights.

The five Little Rock-area bus drivers filed the federal suit with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

The school bus drivers all sent a letter to the Pulaski Association of Support Staff (PASS) union exercising their right to refrain from union membership and refrain from paying union dues or fees.

Under the U.S. Constitution, workers have the unconditional right to refrain from union membership at any time. Under Arkansas's popular Right to Work law, nonmember workers can refrain from paying union dues and fees.

PASS union officials denied the bus drivers' requests to resign union membership and refrain from union dues payments, instead claiming that the drivers can only resign their union membership during a 15-day "window period" in July.

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Southern Bakeries Worker Moves to Intervene in Federal Court to Stop NLRB from Foisting Unwanted Union on Workers

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Southern Bakeries Worker Moves to Intervene in Federal Court to Stop NLRB from Foisting Unwanted Union on Workers

Unprecedented new Obama Labor Board policy is to go to court to block employee attempts to remove an unwanted union with a majority petition to their employer

Texarkana, AR (May 16, 2014) – A Southern Bakeries, LLC worker has moved to intervene to block a federal agency from foisting unwanted union representation back on his workplace after he and his coworkers overwhelmingly expressed their desire to remove the union.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Southern Bakeries worker John Hankins filed the motion in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Texarkana Division.

After the workers at the Southern Bakeries facility in Hope voted in a secret-ballot election to determine whether they wanted to remove the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Local 111 union officials from their workplace, the union hierarchy filed federal charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to impound the workers' ballots.

Hankins and two-thirds of his coworkers then signed a petition to remove the union from their workplace. After the workers presented the petition to their employer, Southern Bakeries withdrew recognition of the union as the workers' monopoly bargaining representative as the law prescribes.

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University Hospital Nurse Files Federal Charge Against Major Healthcare Union for Rights Violations

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University Hospital Nurse Files Federal Charge Against Major Healthcare Union for Rights Violations

Case underscores need for Right to Work protections in the Show Me State

Saint Louis, MO (May 14, 2014) – A Saint Louis University Hospital nurse has filed a federal charge against a major California-based healthcare union for violating workers' rights.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Saint Louis University Hospital nurse Brian Hendricks filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) union officials enjoy monopoly bargaining powers over the workplace. Because Missouri does not have Right to Work protections making union affiliation completely voluntary, nonmember workers are still forced to pay part of forced union dues to keep their jobs.

In the charge, Hendricks alleges that NNOC union officials are using illegal dues deduction authorization forms that force members to authorize union dues deductions from their paychecks and deny them the right to pay for union dues via check.

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National Right to Work Deeply Saddened By News of Fallen Alaska State Troopers

Last week, two Alaska State Troopers, Patrick Scott Johnson and Gabriel Rich, were killed in the line of duty while conducting an investigation in Tanana, Alaska.

In addition to serving his community as a state trooper, Johnson was one of the five National Right to Work Foundation-assisted Alaska state troopers seeking to defend and expand the workplace rights of public servants in Alaska and across the country.

The Right to Work family is deeply saddened to hear the terrible news and sends condolences to the families of both troopers.

Paris Casino Union Bosses Lose High Stakes Game Playing with Worker's Legal Rights

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Paris Casino Union Bosses Lose High Stakes Game Playing with Worker's Legal Rights

Union officials threatened nonmember worker with benefits cuts and loss of seniority unless she paid dues

Las Vegas, NV (May 9, 2014) – A Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino snack bar attendant has won a federal judgment from a local union for violating her right to refrain from union affiliation.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Nani Sugianto won her case against the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 before a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge late last week.

In 2007, Sugianto resigned her union membership and refrained from dues payments. After nearly five years the union started to collect dues again without giving her notice. Sugianto stopped the union dues deductions.

Then, Sugianto filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB after a union steward illegally threatened her that she would lose all of her benefits and her seniority, and would be required to start over again as a new hire, unless she paid union dues even though she is not a union member.

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