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Court Strikes Down Obama Labor Board’s Ambush Election Rule Change

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Court Strikes Down Obama Labor Board’s Ambush Election Rule Change

Challenged rules would allow union bosses to ambush workers into forced-dues-paying union ranks

Washington, D.C. (May 14, 2012) – Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has struck down the National Labor Relations Board's new rules dictating how union organizing elections are conducted, ruling that the Board did not have a quorum necessary to enact the new rules.

The National Right to Work Foundation – the nation's premier advocate for workers who suffer from the abuses of compulsory unionism – filed comments opposing the Board's proposed new guidelines which would help give union organizers the upper hand over independent-minded employees.

The new rules dramatically shortened the time frame individual workers have to share truthful information with their coworkers about the adverse effects of unionization and to hear their employer's views on the subject. In other words, the new rules were one-sided.

Mark Mix, President of National Right to Work, issued the following statement regarding the ruling:

"The Obama NLRB is determined to make union organizing campaigns as one-sided as possible and to stifle the rights of employees who may oppose bringing a union into their workplace. Today, the court's ruling demonstrates once again the biased way that the Obama Labor Board has operated – a two member majority ramming through the final pro-union boss rule change without even asking the one minority member to vote.

Read the entire release here.

To read more about the court's decision and the ambush elections rule, click here.

Union Bosses Levy Retaliatory Strike Fine Against Worker After Telling Him to Continue Working During Strike

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Union Bosses Levy Retaliatory Strike Fine Against Worker After Telling Him to Continue Working During Strike

Worker fined over $7,300 for exercising his right to refrain from formal union membership

Kansas City, MO (May 9, 2012) – A Honeywell nuclear assembly worker has filed a federal charge against a local union for retaliating against him with a $7,361.36 fine for exercising his right to refrain from union membership and continue to do his job during a union boss-instigated strike.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys, Daniel Gudde filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board regional office in Overland Park, Kansas on Friday.

Gudde began working at Honeywell in late September believing he had to join the International Association of Machinist (IAM) Local Lodge 778 union. In early October, IAM Local 778 union officials instigated a strike. Gudde and three of his coworkers were unsure if they had to go on strike as union members or if they had to fulfill a required 30 day probationary period of employment.

Union officials told Gudde and his colleagues to continue to work to complete the 30 day probationary period.

Read the entire release here.

New Foundation Website Feature: NLRB Watch by Former NLRB Member John Raudabaugh

NLRB Watch

Today, the National Right to Work Foundation has released a new feature on its website dedicated to exposing the NLRB's pro-compulsory unionism bias and actions.

In "NLRB Watch" Foundation staff attorney, Ave Maria law professor and former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Member John Raudabaugh, provides his unique perspective of the Board and highlights the unprecedented actions of the Obama Labor Board.

The first two "NLRB Watch" posts are available here and here. The first installment of "NLRB Watch" addresses the Obama Labor Board's unprecedented notice posting rule change. The second installment delves into the topic of the NLRB's new "quickie elections" rule.

And be sure to follow the National Right to Work Foundation on Facebook and Twitter to get alerts on new "NLRB Watch" posts!

Latino Express Bus Drivers Tell Teamster Union Bosses to Hit the Road

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Latino Express Bus Drivers Tell Teamster Union Bosses to Hit the Road

School bus drivers desperately need Right to Work protections

Lyons, IL (April 26, 2012) – A large majority of Latino Express bus drivers in Lyons, Illinois have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Chicago for a secret-ballot election to remove an unwanted local Teamster union hierarchy from their workplace.

Led by Ramiro Lopez, who learned about his legal rights from the National Right to Work Foundation, over 50 of the 76 total drivers signed the petition.

Teamster Local 777 seized monopoly bargaining control over the workplace a year ago. However, Teamster union bosses have yet to negotiate a contract with Latino Express, a conflict that has resulted in union legal accusations against the company and picketing of the workplace, alienating workers.

Meanwhile, Teamster union operatives have singled out workers who want nothing to do with the union hierarchy.

Read the entire release here.

Obama’s Controversial NLRB ‘Recess’ Appointments Challenged in Federal Appeals Court

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Obama’s Controversial NLRB ‘Recess’ Appointments Challenged in Federal Appeals Court

Worker advocate argues Labor Board does not have legitimate quorum to hear pending cases since Congress was not in actual recess

Washington, DC (April 26, 2012) – National Right to Work Foundation attorneys filed two appeals with the U.S. Appeals Court for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago to challenge President Barack Obama's recent purported recess appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The appeals stem from two cases, Richards, Yost, & Echegaray v. Steelworkers and Lugo v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, in which union bosses illegally forced workers to annually renew their objections to paying full union dues. Such schemes, designed to force workers into full-dues-paying union membership, are a clear violation of federal law and the NLRB found that to be the case here.

However, the NLRB – filled with President Barack Obama's legally-suspect appointments – only applied their ruling to the workers involved in the cases and not retroactively to all workers who have objected in the past to paying full union dues to the respective unions.

As Foundation attorneys appeal to have the Board rulings applied retroactively, Foundation attorneys will again challenge Obama's move to install three members to the NLRB as "recess appointees" in January despite the fact that the U.S. Senate was not in recess.

Read the entire release here.

Worker Advocate Announces New Addition to Legal Team

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Worker Advocate Announces New Addition to Legal Team

Regent-trained attorney dedicated to the cause of individual liberty for America’s workers

Washington, DC (April 26, 2012) – The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has hired Nathan McGrath, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as an addition to its legal staff.

McGrath is an active member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and 2010 graduate of the Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

"Nathan brings to the Foundation energy and dedication to defending and advancing individual liberty against the injustices of compulsory unionism in the workplace," said Ray LaJeunesse, vice president and legal director of the National Right to Work Foundation.

"He will assist the Foundation's cutting-edge legal team in defending America's workers from Big Labor's growing influence in the government sector, enforcing individual employees' rights against compulsory unionism, and establishing new precedents to increase workplace freedom for America's workers."

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Unionized Probation Officers Win Refunds in Federal Suit over Free Speech Rights

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Unionized Probation Officers Win Refunds in Federal Suit over Free Speech Rights

New York public employees desperately need Right to Work protections

Rochester, NY (April 24, 2012) – Four Monroe County probation officers have won relief in their protracted federal legal battle against two government unions for violating their First Amendment rights.

The four officers, led by David Scheffer, filed the suit with free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys.

The probation officers sued Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) union and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union for deliberately violating their First Amendment rights by seizing forced union dues from their paychecks for illegal union expenditures. The officers charged that union officials were spending their forced dues on union organizing drives, despite the officers' objections.

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Obama Administration Sides with Union Bosses Over Workers in Federal Court Case on Backroom Union Deals

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Obama Administration Sides with Union Bosses Over Workers in Federal Court Case on Backroom Union Deals

Union officials ignore workers’ repeated requests to resign

Hollywood, FL (April 19, 2012) – The Obama administration is weighing in on a worker’s protracted, precedent-setting federal legal victory against a local union and Mardi Gras Gaming.

The case stems from a legal challenge initiated by Mardi Gras Gaming groundskeeper Martin Mulhall with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation.

In 2008, Mardi Gras officials entered into an agreement with Unite Here Local 355 union officials promising that they would hand over employees' personal contact information (including home addresses), grant union operatives access to company facilities for the purpose of organizing through a coercive card check campaign, and refrain from speaking about the downsides of unionization. In return, Unite Here Local 355 union officials expended over one hundred thousand dollars to support a gambling ballot initiative and guaranteed not to picket, boycott, or strike against the facility.

Read the entire release here.

Another Osceola Hospital Employee Comes Forward, Hits SEIU with Federal Charge

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Another Osceola Hospital Employee Comes Forward, Hits SEIU with Federal Charge

Union officials ignore workers’ repeated requests to resign

Kissimmee, FL (April 19, 2012) – An Osceola Regional Medical Center employee has joined two of her colleagues and filed a federal charge against a major healthcare union for repeatedly violating federal law by refusing to allow her and her coworkers to exercise their right to refrain from dues-paying union membership under Florida's popular Right to Work law.

With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, the worker filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In December 2011, she sent a letter notifying Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East officials that she was exercising her right to resign from union membership. Instead of acknowledging her request, SEIU officials rejected her letter because it was not "timely." Moreover, the union continues to confiscate union dues from the worker's paycheck.

Read the entire release here.

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.

Read the entire release here.


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