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Construction Worker Files Federal Charges Against LIUNA Union and Company for Illegal Firing

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Construction Worker Files Federal Charges Against LIUNA Union and Company for Illegal Firing

Thuggish union boss behavior underscores need for Colorado Right to Work law

Colorado Springs, CO (September 9, 2014) – A former Michels Corporation construction worker has filed federal charges against the company and a local union for violating his rights and illegally firing him for refusing to pay union dues.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Paul Castle of Fountain filed the federal unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Shortly after Michels hired Castle in August 4, 2014, Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 578 union officials demanded he join the union and pay union dues as a condition of his employment.

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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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Union, Company Face Federal Prosecution after Construction Worker Digs Up Illegal PAC Scheme

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Union, Company Face Federal Prosecution after Construction Worker Digs Up Illegal PAC Scheme

Worker discharged from job for not contributing to "voluntary" union PAC

Beckley, WV (April 22, 2013) – A Pennsylvania construction company and a local union are facing a federal prosecution for violating the rights of a former truck driver/laborer and illegally seizing union dues from workers' paychecks for the union's political action committee (PAC).

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Jeff Richmond of Meadow Bridge, WV, filed federal unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Penn Line Service, Inc. and the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 453.

In July 2012, when Penn Line Service hired Richmond, company management informed him that the job was a "union job." Between July and October, the company confiscated, and the LIUNA hierarchy accepted, full union dues from Richmond's paychecks even though he had not joined the union nor given prior authorization for the company to take full union dues from his paychecks.

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Worker Slaps Construction Union Bosses with Federal Charge for Job Discrimination

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Worker Slaps Construction Union Bosses with Federal Charge for Job Discrimination

Electrical worker union officials obstruct worker from getting work

Chicago, IL (July 19, 2012) – With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a nonunion Chicago-area construction worker has filed a federal charge against the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and two of its local affiliate unions for discriminating against him on account of his union membership status.

Construction worker John Lugo filed the charge against the IBEW Local 697 and IBEW Local 601 unions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday.

Because IBEW union bosses claim monopoly bargaining privileges over all the workers in his workplaces, Lugo, who refrains from formal union membership, is still forced to accept union officials' so-called "representation" and go through the union's hiring halls to find employment.

Federal labor law provides that union bosses must "fairly represent" workers, including those who have exercised their right to refrain from union membership, if union bosses claim exclusive representational powers over the workers.

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Worker Advocate Files Amicus Brief in Support of Idaho Ban on Discriminatory Project Labor Agreements

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Worker Advocate Files Amicus Brief in Support of Idaho Ban on Discriminatory Project Labor Agreements

Union bosses seek to protect power to discriminate against nonunion workers

Boise, ID (June 27, 2012) – Staff attorneys from the nation's premier advocate for workers who suffer from the abuses of compulsory unionism have filed an amicus curie brief in support of an Idaho law prohibiting state and local government agencies from imposing so-called project labor agreements (PLAs) that require unionized workers for public projects.

National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys filed the brief today in federal appeals court.

The "Open Access to Work Act" prohibits Idaho and all state governmental units from entering into taxpayer-funded contracts that require union-only workers.

Two building and construction unions challenged the law in U.S. District Court. The lower court's decision regarding the matter is now being appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Philadelphia Union Bosses Resort to Threats, Intimidation to Block Nonunion Construction Project

The Philadelphia Daily News has the story:

MATTHEW and Michael Pestronk, two young real-estate developers who came here from Virginia to attend Drexel, are trying to shake up the city’s construction business by hiring nonunion labor at two huge apartment complexes they’re renovating.

But members of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council aren’t happy, and the heated battle of young developers vs. old-school Philadelphia union power has thrown their plans for the Goldtex Building in Callowhill into turmoil.

The Pestronks — Matt, 35, and Mike, 31 — haven’t flinched as the ugly battle has escalated with charges that union members scattered bottles of urine around the Goldtex building at 12th and Wood streets, placed loose asbestos inside another development they’re working on in Germantown and allegedly harassed Matt Pestronk’s pregnant wife and child.

Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident. Union operatives frequently rely on threats, intimidation, and even violence to keep independent-minded workers in line and deter businesses from using nonunion labor. The reasoning behind these thuggish tactics is simple: If nonunion contractors get work, employees might choose to refrain from union membership or work at a nonunion sites, depriving union bosses of more of their coveted forced dues revenue.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of union violence, we encourage you to contact the Foundation's free legal aid program immediately. 


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