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Local Union Faces Prosecution after Union Official Threatens School Bus Driver with Physical Violence

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Local Union Faces Prosecution after Union Official Threatens School Bus Driver with Physical Violence

Union official said if he found worker alone, he would "stomp" him

Gresham, OR (September 5, 2013) – A local union is facing a federal prosecution after a union official from the union threatened a First Student, Inc. bus driver with physical violence.

The prosecution comes after the bus driver filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

The driver filed the charge after an Oregon School Employees Association, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 6732 union official tore down informational notices posted by the driver and threatened to "stomp" him if he ever found him alone. The notices included information on how the workers can, with a majority vote, remove the union hierarchy's ability to collect forced union dues and fees from nonmember drivers.

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Right to Work Foundation Issues Special Legal Notice to Chattanooga Volkswagen Employees

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Right to Work Foundation Issues Special Legal Notice to Chattanooga Volkswagen Employees

UAW union bosses target Volkswagen workers for unionization

Springfield, VA (September 5, 2013) – The National Right to Work Foundation has issued a special legal notice regarding Chattanooga, Tennessee Volkswagen AG (VOW.DE) workers targeted by United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials for unionization. The notice can be viewed here: http://www.nrtw.org/en/vw-chattanooga.

Recent media reports suggest that Volkswagen and UAW union officials are in talks about unionization of the VW workers at the Chattanooga plant. The Foundation's notice debunks UAW union boss Bob King's remarks that Volkswagen workers must unionize with the UAW union in order to discuss wages and working conditions with their employer. The notice also informs workers about what they can legally do if they oppose, or change their minds about their support of, the unionization scheme.

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Grocery Union Faces Federal Charges for Violating Teenage Ralphs Grocery Clerk's Workplace Rights

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Grocery Union Faces Federal Charges for Violating Teenage Ralphs Grocery Clerk's Workplace Rights

Union officials threaten teenage worker with job termination

Oceanside, CA (September 5, 2013) – A local grocery union is facing federal charges for violating a teenage part-time Ralphs Grocery clerk's workplace rights.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, the Ralphs clerk filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 135 union late last month.

UFCW Local 135 union officials provided the clerk in July with a membership packet that illegally stated that the clerk and other new hires must join the union and pay full union dues as a condition of their employment while burying notice of his actual legal rights. Information about workers' right to refrain from full dues paying union membership was located at the back of the packet in fine print.

The clerk eventually learned about his right to refrain from full dues paying union membership and made multiple inquiries about resigning his union membership and paying reduced dues with UFCW Local 135 brass. The clerk's multiple requests were denied, stonewalled, or ignored.

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Labor Day Statement: Union Officials Seeking to Reshape Labor Law "Have a Powerful Friend in Obama"

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Labor Day Statement: Union Officials Seeking to Reshape Labor Law "Have a Powerful Friend in Obama"

Big Labor turns to Obama White House for administrative bailout

Washington, DC (August 30, 2013) – Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and National Right to Work Committee, released the following statement regarding this year's Labor Day holiday:

"This Labor Day, many workers will enjoy a well-deserved long weekend. But as we celebrate with friends and family, Big Labor-backed bureaucrats are on the verge of reshaping American labor law.

"Throughout the United States, millions of American workers are already compelled to pay dues or fees to union officials as a condition of getting or keeping a job. And millions more workers are required by law to accept a union's so-called 'representation,' even if they would rather negotiate with their employer on their own merits.

"Not satisfied with these powers, union officials spent a record $1.7 billion on politics and lobbying last cycle seeking to expand their reach over American workers. After Big Labor suffered many legislative defeats thanks in part to the efforts of the National Right to Work Committee's 2.8 million members, it is now turning to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Department of Labor, and other executive branch entities to expand their forced unionism privileges.

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Union officials threaten workers for informing coworkers about settlement

As previously reported on the Freedom@Work blog, four Maryland IKEA workers, with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, won a class-wide settlement with their employer and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) union.

The settlement allowed the four workers and all of their coworkers to retroactively resign from the union and receive refunds for any union dues spent on political activism since September 1, 2012. The settlement came after the workers filed unfair labor practice charges in January and February of this year, because union officials failed to inform them and their coworkers of their rights to refrain from union membership and payment of full union dues. Many workers were threatened with termination by union officials for refusing to join the IAM or pay full dues.

Now, one of the workers has filed a new charge against the union because the union hierarchy has been harassing and threatening the workers for passing out fliers on their own time to their coworkers informing them of their rights under the settlement. Perhaps this should come to no surprise, as union officials often purposely keep workers in the dark about their rights in order to force them to pay more union dues and fees.

For example, in the IKEA workers' case, when one worker asked about his right to refrain from financially supporting the IAM’s political activities, he was told by union officials that he had no such rights. And what little material union officials provided to IKEA employees about their rights was deliberately obscured, even to the point that union officials printed information on employees' right to refrain from full dues-paying membership on the back of a pink piece of paper in tan ink, making it virtually invisible to read.

Unfortunately, this type of abuse will continue in Maryland until it passes a Right to Work law. Making union membership and dues payments completely voluntary makes it less difficult for rank-and-file workers to hold union officials accountable.

Government Union Bosses Face Federal Suit for Illegal Forced Dues Scheme

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Government Union Bosses Face Federal Suit for Illegal Forced Dues Scheme

Right to Work Foundation attorneys challenge union hierarchy for violating civil servant’s constitutional rights

Santa Barbara, CA (August 21, 2013) – A retired Santa Barbara County employee has filed a federal lawsuit against the county and a local Service Employees International Union (SEIU) affiliate for violating her constitutional rights and refusing to follow federal disclosure requirements.

Rosemary Banko filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California located in Los Angles with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

Before Banko retired in July, the county collected full union dues from her paychecks even though she was not a member of the SEIU Local 620.

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