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First Grade Teacher Hits Teacher Union Officials with State Charge for Violating Kansas's Longstanding Right to Work Law

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First Grade Teacher Hits Teacher Union Officials with State Charge for Violating Kansas's Longstanding Right to Work Law

Union officials stonewall teacher's attempt to cut off union dues payments

Wichita, KS (December 26, 2013) – A first grade teacher at Peterson Elementary School has filed a state charge against a local teacher union for violating her rights under Kansas's long-standing Right to Work law.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Tiffani Knowles filed the state charge last week with the Kansas Department of Labor in Topeka.

On July, 31, 2013, Knowles sent a letter to the United Teachers of Wichita (UTW) union stating that she was exercising her right under the state's Right to Work law to refrain from full union membership and dues payments. Under Kansas's Right to Work law, union officials must respect workers' right to refrain from the payment of any union dues.

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Indiana Workers File Brief in Support of State's Right to Work Law

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Indiana Workers File Brief in Support of State's Right to Work Law

Hoosier citizens contest spurious union legal challenge

Indianapolis, IN (December 20, 2013) – Two Indiana citizens, Julie Huffman and Michael Miller, have submitted an amicus curiae brief to defend Indiana's Right to Work law from a union legal challenge now before the Indiana Supreme Court.

Huffman and Miller filed the brief with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys. The brief was filed together with the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center.

The case is a lawsuit filed by International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 officials that makes a number of dubious claims about Indiana's recently-enacted Right to Work law, including the argument that unions have a right to force workers to pay for their unwanted services.

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UPS Worker Files Federal Charge against Teamster Union for Ignoring His Rights Under Texas's Right to Work Law

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UPS Worker Files Federal Charge against Teamster Union for Ignoring His Rights Under Texas's Right to Work Law

Teamster union officials stonewall worker's attempt to refrain from dues payments

Irving, TX (December 20, 2013) – A Desoto UPS (NYSE: UPS) worker has filed a federal charge against a local Teamster union for violating his rights.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Laroderick Wilson filed the unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Wilson informed the Teamster Local 745 union that he was exercising his right under Texas's Right to Work law to refrain from union dues payments in September, 2013. Under Texas's Right to Work law, union officials must respect workers' right to refrain from the payment of any union dues.

Instead of complying with Wilson's request, Teamster Local 745 union officials told him that he would have to wait for a union-designated "window period" before he could revoke his dues deduction authorization – a document union officials use to take dues or fees from workers' paychecks – and opt out of union dues. Revocation of dues deduction authorizations is a matter controlled by federal law, not state Right to Work laws.

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Supreme Court Dismisses Union-Backed Petition to Overturn Organizing Case

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Supreme Court Dismisses Union-Backed Petition to Overturn Organizing Case

Right to Work Foundation-won Eleventh Circuit ruling stands, putting at risk backroom deals between companies and aggressive union organizers

Washington, DC (December 10, 2013) – Today, the United States Supreme Court announced that it "dismissed as improvidently granted" a union appeal of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling in Mulhall v. UNITE HERE.

The order leaves intact a significant victory for National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys and a Florida Mardi Gras Gaming employee in which the appeals court ruled that the company's organizing assistance to union officials could be unlawful "thing[s] of value." Consequently, as Jack Goldsmith, the Henry L. Shattuck Professor at Harvard Law School, today said about the Mulhall dismissal in a blog, "as long as CA11's decision stands, the specter of expensive and difficult litigation will hover over neutrality/bargaining agreements in many circuits, and will indeed chill the making of those agreements."

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Pro-Act 10 Settlement in Wisconsin Teachers' Lawsuit Clears Path for Union Recertification Elections

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Pro-Act 10 Settlement in Wisconsin Teachers' Lawsuit Clears Path for Union Recertification Elections

Teachers win right to union recertification elections guaranteed under law

Waukesha, WI (December 5, 2013) – The Waukesha County Circuit Court has approved a settlement between five Wisconsin public school teachers and the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) that will allow teachers across the state to determine whether union officials can continue to claim to represent those teachers in their respective workplaces guaranteed under Wisconsin Act 10.

With the help of attorneys from the National Right to Work Foundation and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, five Wisconsin public school teachers filed a lawsuit in the state court last month against the WERC after WERC officials canceled the teachers' recertification elections.

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Indiana Regional Medical Center Nurse Files Federal Charges Against Union and Hospital

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Indiana Regional Medical Center Nurse Files Federal Charges Against Union and Hospital

Union officials threaten worker to join union or lose her job

Indiana, PA (December 4, 2013) – An Indiana Regional Medical Center nurse has filed a federal unfair labor practice charge against her employer and a local nurse union for violating her rights.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Joanna Smith of Clymer filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Starting in August 2003, Smith worked as a per diem float nurse, a position subject to the representation of the Indiana Registered Nurses Association (IRNA) Local 5120 union hierarchy. In June 2011, Smith was moved to a patient advocate position, which was not under the union monopoly bargaining control. Then, in November 2012, Smith returned to a float nurse position.

In her charge against the union, Smith alleges that in September 2013, an IRNA Local 5120 union official illegally demanded that she join the union as a condition of her employment.

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