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SEIU Officials Face Charge for Violating County Pharmacist's Rights

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SEIU Officials Face Charge for Violating County Pharmacist's Rights

Case shows desperate need for California Right to Work law to make union membership and dues strictly voluntary

San Jose, CA (June 18, 2014) – With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation-provided staff attorneys, a Santa Clara Valley Medical Center pharmacist has filed a state charge against a local union for illegally refusing to honor her right to refrain from full dues-paying union membership.

Han Kwan Wong, a pharmacist from San Jose, filed the charge with the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) against Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 521 for illegally forcing her into full union dues payments against her will.

In December 2013, Wong attempted to hand deliver a letter to SEIU Local 521 notifying the union hierarchy that she was exercising her right to refrain from formal union membership. An SEIU official refused to accept Wong's letter.

Wong then sent a certified letter to the union hierarchy. SEIU Local 521 union officials responded by acknowledging Wong’s resignation letter but still continue to extract full union dues from her paychecks – claiming the union membership resignation did not meet the union's criteria.

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Bus Driver Union Fails to Block Workers' Overwhelming Request for Election to Remove Union

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Bus Driver Union Fails to Block Workers' Overwhelming Request for Election to Remove Union

102 of the 105 workers requested secret-ballot election to determine whether to remove the union from their workplace

Monroeville, PA (June 13, 2014) – With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Gateway School District bus drivers have won the right to a secret-ballot vote to determine whether if they want to remove the union from their workplace.

The bus drivers will finally have a chance to vote on June 27, 2014, after driver Robert Williams and his coworkers petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for the secret-ballot election four times.

In July of last year, Student Transportation of America, Inc. took over bus services at the Gateway School District. Student Transportation of America then recognized Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1729 union officials as the drivers' monopoly bargaining representative after a majority of their workforce was hired from the previous, unionized student transportation contractor.

After eight months of failed negotiations, 102 of the roughly 105 bus drivers signed the fourth petition they filed with the NLRB asking for a secret-ballot election to determine whether or not to keep the union bosses as their exclusive representative.

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Local Union Hit with Federal Charges for Blacklisting Construction Worker

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Local Union Hit with Federal Charges for Blacklisting Construction Worker

Union officials discriminatorily obstruct worker from getting work based on lack of union membership

Evansville, IN (June 5, 2014) – An Industrial Contractors Skanska construction worker has filed federal charges against a local union and his employer for discriminating against him based on his lack of union membership.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Michael Feist, a 15-year construction worker, filed the federal charges late last week with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In early April 2014, Feist was expelled from the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 561 after Feist challenged the amount of dues going toward a union fund. Since then, LIUNA Local 561 union officials have refused Feist's attempts to remain current on his union dues payments.

LIUNA Local 561 union bosses instructed Skanska in April to exclude him from further work opportunities.

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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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