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Local Cleaning Service Union Forced to Clean Up Its Act in Ongoing Federal Labor Dispute

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Local Cleaning Service Union Forced to Clean Up Its Act in Ongoing Federal Labor Dispute

Case underscores need for Massachusetts Right to Work law

Boston, MA (February 14, 2013) – Workers caught in a battle between a local union and Lynn-based Complete Cleaning, Inc. have won a federal settlement from the union after union officials illegally claimed to have monopoly bargaining privileges over the workers.

The settlement stems from federal unfair labor practice charges filed by Complete Cleaning worker Jairo Hernandez of Lynn against Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615. Hernandez filed the charges with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

SEIU Local 615 officials tried to claim monopoly bargaining privileges over Complete Cleaning's workers even though workers nearly unanimously oppose the union hierarchy in their workplace. Under federal law, it is illegal for a union to claim monopoly bargaining powers over a workplace without support of the employees.

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Union Discriminates Against Local AT&T Worker for Exercising His Right to Work

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Union Discriminates Against Local AT&T Worker for Exercising His Right to Work

Union officials make an example of nonmember to discourage other workers from exercising their rights under Indiana’s Right to Work law

Indianapolis, IN (February 12, 2013) – A local AT&T worker has filed a federal unfair labor practice charge against a local union for discriminating against him for exercising his rights under Indiana's new Right to Work law.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Indianapolis AT&T worker James Dawson filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Indianapolis.

In August 2012, Dawson resigned from membership in and exercised his right to refrain from paying dues to the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 4900 union. Under Indiana's Right to Work law, which was enacted in early 2012, Dawson and other private sector workers have the right to refrain from union membership and dues payments. However, a worker who exercises their rights under the state's Right to Work law may still be forced to accept an unwanted union's representation.

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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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NLRB Watch: Latest Installment Available Online!

Foundation staff attorney, Ave Maria law professor, and former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Member John Raudabaugh has published his latest installment to the Foundation's newest blog feature, "NLRB Watch."

In "NLRB Watch" #5, Raudabaugh explains how the NLRB's newest webpage boldly demonstrates its forced unionism bias and how it's just the tip of the iceberg:

Typical of the current NLRB, however, the [webpage] bold faces the statute’s Section 7 right “to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection,” but does not bold the remainder of the statutory sentence: “and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all such activities.”

Why after 77 years, is the NLRB highlighting “protected concerted activity”? Is it because the agency’s caseload has diminished over the years, and it is desperate to ramp up activity to justify its ever increasing federal budget?...

Or, is the current NLRB pushing internet outreach to help unions reverse their losses?

Click here to read the rest of this and other posts located at the "NLRB Watch" page. And be sure to follow the National Right to Work Foundation on Facebook and Twitter to get alerts on new "NLRB Watch" posts!

Cleaning Service Union Sweeps Workers’ Rights Under the Rug

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Cleaning Service Union Sweeps Workers’ Rights Under the Rug

Case underscores need for Massachusetts Right to Work law

Boston, MA (April 6, 2012) – Workers caught in a battle between a local union and Lynn-based Complete Cleaning, Inc. are fighting back.

With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, Jairo Hernandez of Lynn filed federal charges against Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615 after union officials claimed to have monopoly bargaining privileges over the workplace with only a handful of signatures from workers supporting the union.

Hernandez filed the charges for himself and his coworkers with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Boston.

SEIU Local 615 officials claim monopoly bargaining privileges over Complete Cleaning's workers even though workers nearly unanimously oppose the union hierarchy in their workplace. Under federal law, it is illegal for a union to claim monopoly bargaining status over a workplace without majority employee support.

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News Release: Employee from Non-Profit Public Defense Firm Defends Her Rights from SEIU Union Hierarchy

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Employee from Non-Profit Public Defense Firm Defends Her Rights from SEIU Union Hierarchy

Seattle-area case highlights need for state Right to Work law

Seattle, WA (March 20, 2012) – An employee at a private, non-profit public defense law firm has filed federal unfair labor practice charges against a Seattle-area union for violating her rights.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys, Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons employee Stephanie Kalfayan filed the charges Friday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Seattle.

Kalfayan resigned from formal union membership in Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925 and invoked her right to refrain from paying full union dues. However, because SEIU Local 925 officials enjoy monopoly bargaining privileges over her workplace, and because Washington does not have state Right to Work protections for its workers, Kalfayan is forced to accept SEIU officials' "representation" and pay union fees as a condition of employment.

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