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Verizon Employee Wins Settlement After CWA Union and Company Officials Collude to Ignore Her Rights

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Verizon Employee Wins Settlement After CWA Union and Company Officials Collude to Ignore Her Rights

Worker refused to abandon job during highly-publicized strike

Newport News, VA (May 14, 2012) – A Newport News, Virginia Verizon (NYSE: VZ) worker has won a settlement from the company and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, and its local affiliate, for violating her rights following last year's strike that grabbed national headlines.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys, Williamsburg resident Monika Cassell filed a lawsuit in federal district court in February against Verizon, the CWA and its affiliate, Local 2205, for refusing to honor her right to refrain from paying union dues.

Upset by CWA union officials' strike order and unwilling to walk off their jobs, Cassell and several other Verizon employees resigned from the union last year and revoked their dues deduction authorizations – documents used by union officials to automatically collect dues from employees' paychecks – while the union did not have a contract at their workplaces.

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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.

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

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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!

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Obama Administration Stance in Case Challenging Backroom Union Deals

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U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Obama Administration Stance in Case Challenging Backroom Union Deals

Obama Labor Board and Departments of Labor, Justice sought to roll back worker's federal court victory

Hollywood, FL (May 3, 2012) – The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has shot down the Obama Administration's attempt to roll back a worker's protracted, precedent-setting legal victory against a local union.

The case is a legal challenge initiated by Hollywood, Florida-area Mardi Gras Gaming groundskeeper Martin Mulhall with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation.

In 2008, Mardi Gras entered into an agreement with Unite Here Local 355 union officials promising that it 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, the Unite Here officials expended over one hundred thousand dollars to support a gambling ballot initiative and guaranteed not to picket, boycott, or strike the facility.

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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.

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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.

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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.

IUOE Union Bosses Face Federal Charges for Nixing Union Financial Disclosure

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IUOE Union Bosses Face Federal Charges for Nixing Union Financial Disclosure

Repeat union offender highlights why Indiana needed Right to Work law that ends forced dues powers

Indianapolis, IN (March 30, 2012) – A union headquartered in suburban Chicago that is challenging Indiana's newly-enacted Right to Work law in federal court is again facing legal woes for violating workers' rights.

National Right to Work Foundation attorneys are providing free legal assistance to David Bercot of Orland, a certified wastewater operator for the ITR Concession Company, which services toll road rest stops in the Fort Wayne area. Bercot has field federal unfair labor practice charges against International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 for refusing to provide him information about union financial expenditures.

Bercot must accept IUOE officials' so-called "representation" and is still required to pay dues to the union to keep his job until the union's current contract expires, after which he will be freed from that requirement by Indiana’s new Right to Work law.

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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.

Read the entire release here.


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