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Volkswagen Workers' Brief Blasts UAW Bosses' Desperate and Delusional Attempt to Silence Dissenting Employees

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Volkswagen Workers' Brief Blasts UAW Bosses' Desperate and Delusional Attempt to Silence Dissenting Employees

Foundation staff attorneys help employees preserve their decision to reject unionization

Springfield, VA (April 3, 2014) – With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, five Volkswagen employees filed a brief defending their right to have a say in the high-profile unionization dispute at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee facility.

The brief was filed after the United Auto Worker (UAW) union asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to reverse a Regional Director’s ruling allowing the workers to intervene in the union's challenge to the outcome of the recent unionization election, which the UAW lost.

The brief opposes further delays to the NLRB's hearing on the union's challenge, and accuses the UAW of using false evidence to prompt the Board to remove the workers from the process. The brief also calls for a Department of Justice investigation to consider a prosecution of the UAW's "witness" for filing demonstrably false statements under oath.

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Wallops Island NASA Employee Files Federal Brief in Union Election Dispute

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Wallops Island NASA Employee Files Federal Brief in Union Election Dispute

Government union's stalling tactics block workers' representation vote

Washington, DC (April 3, 2014) – A Wallops Island NASA employee filed a federal brief with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) defending his and his coworkers' request to vote on their union representation for the first time in 40 years.

Ronald Walsh, a 10 year NASA employee, filed the brief yesterday with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

Forty years ago, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) union hierarchy won monopoly bargaining powers in Walsh's workplace. Since then, five AFGE-affiliated unions have enjoyed monopoly bargaining powers over the workplace without a vote.

Walsh believed that the union in his workplace was out of tune with the majority of his coworkers. So in June, 2013, Walsh circulated a decertification petition at his workplace seeking a vote which would allow the workers to determine if they would like to keep the AFGE Local 1923 union in their workplace.

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Federal Court Upholds Michigan's Right to Work Law

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Federal Court Upholds Michigan's Right to Work Law

Workers defend free choice for workers against spurious union boss legal challenge

Detroit, MI (March 31, 2014) – Today, a federal court upheld the major provisions of Michigan's recently-enacted Right to Work law. Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, issued the following statement in response to the court's ruling:

"After suffering a major legislative defeat and being rejected by voters when they attempted to entrench forced unionism in the state constitution, Michigan union bosses are seeking to strike down Michigan's Right to Work law in the courts. In this case, AFL-CIO union lawyers argued that federal law preempts the enforcement of state Right to Work laws in several respects.

"Fortunately, the court dismissed the union lawyers' challenges to the core provisions of Michigan's Right to Work law and Michigan workers will continue to have the Right to Work without having to pay dues to an unwanted union."

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Sanford Nurse Files Federal Charges against Major Healthcare Union and Local Hospital

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Sanford Nurse Files Federal Charges against Major Healthcare Union and Local Hospital

California union officials stonewall nurse's attempt to exercise her rights under state's Right to Work law

Sanford, FL (March 28, 2014) – A Central Florida Regional Hospital nurse has filed federal charges against a major California-based healthcare union and her employer for violating her rights.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Margaret Clark, a registered nurse in critical care at the hospital for 27 years, filed the charges last week with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In November, 2013, Clark, who has 39 years of nursing experience, sent a letter to National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) union officials and Central Florida Regional Hospital management stating that she was exercising her right under the state's Right to Work law to refrain from union membership and dues payments.

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Four Additional Michigan Workers File State Charges Alleging Unions' Right to Work Law Violations

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Four Additional Michigan Workers File State Charges Alleging Unions' Right to Work Law Violations

Michigan union officials stonewall workers' attempts to refrain from dues payments

Detroit, MI (March 21, 2014) – Four additional Michigan public employees from throughout the state have filed state charges against unions for violating their rights under Michigan's Right to Work law.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, three public school employees, Lindsey Bentley of Muskegan, Alphia Snyder of Battle Creek, and Mary Derks of Whitehall, and Tina House, a Lapeer County employee, each filed state charges last week with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) in Detroit.

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Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers File Federal Suit to Block Further Company and UAW Collusion

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Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers File Federal Suit to Block Further Company and UAW Collusion

Workers rely on Foundation-won precedent establishing that union demands for organizing assistance can violate federal labor law

Washington, DC (March 13, 2014) – Employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee facility have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block further collusion between the company and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union should the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) order a new unionization election at VW's Chattanooga plant.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, the workers filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

After losing last month's unionization election, UAW union officials filed objections with the NLRB seeking to overturn the election results. Five VW workers represented by Right to Work Foundation attorneys then successfully moved to intervene in the UAW's challenge of the election results.

The new suit relies on Foundation-won precedent upheld by a federal appeals court that a Florida casino company's assistance to union officials during a card check unionization campaign could constitute "thing[s] of value" under the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA).

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