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Ohio Teachers Win Class-Action Settlement to Halt Compulsory Union Dues for Political Activism

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Ohio Teachers Win Class-Action Settlement to Halt Compulsory Union Dues for Political Activism

Ohio teacher union bosses forced to refund dues and fees illegally used for union electioneering to over 2,000 teachers

Columbus, OH (September 11, 2014) – With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, 14 public school teachers across the state have won a federal class-action settlement against the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and 11 of its regional and local affiliates for violating their rights.

The settlement is in a class-action lawsuit the group filed in 2011 after the OEA union unlawfully overcharged the teachers -- who have refrained from full-dues-paying union membership -- for union "fees" taken from their paychecks. The union hierarchy charged the teachers for costs supporting the union's political activism and electioneering.

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Nurse Union Faces Federal Suit for Selling out Workers

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Nurse Union Faces Federal Suit for Selling out Workers

Union organizers’ intimidation sways outcome of unionization election

Massillon, OH (May 14, 2013) – Four local nurses have filed a federal lawsuit against the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) union for violating its duty of fair representation by striking a backroom deal with company management in exchange for its assistance with unionizing its nurses.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Affinity Medical Center nurses Cinda Keener, Susan Kelley, Ryan Chizmadia, and Katherine Manfull filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division in Akron.

NNOC union organizers and Community Health Systems (CHS) management entered into a "neutrality agreement" designed to help the union organizers impose monopoly bargaining on all the nurses at Affinity and at least two other CHS hospitals. In the agreement, union organizers were given preferential access to the facility and conducted a "quicksnap" unionization election.

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Nurses Challenge Federal Agency’s Attempt to Install Illegitimate Union

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Nurses Challenge Federal Agency's Attempt to Install Illegitimate Union

Union organizers' intimidation sways outcome of unionization election

Massillon, OH (February 12, 2013) – Two local nurses have filed a motion with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking to intervene in a federal case in which the agency is attempting to force a union hierarchy's "representation" on the nurses in the wake of a tainted organizing election.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Affinity Medical Center nurses Susan Kelley and Cinda Keener filed the motion last week.

National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) union organizers and Affinity management entered into a "neutrality agreement" that gave union organizers preferential access to the facility, helping them to impose monopoly bargaining on the nurses. Company and union officials refused to disclose the terms of the secret agreement despite repeated requests from the nurses.

Additionally, non-employee union organizers stalked, reported on, and attempted to get company management to retaliate against nurses who exercised their rights to oppose the unionization of their workplace. Company officials, at the behest of NNOC union bosses, even made one of the nurses who opposed unionization document the activities of fellow nurses who campaigned against unionization.

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CVS Worker Files Federal Lawsuit Against Local Union

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CVS Worker Files Federal Lawsuit Against Local Union

Union bosses spend nonmembers' forced dues on union organizing activities

Columbus, OH (November 29, 2012) – A Westerville CVS employee has filed a federal lawsuit against a local union for using his forced union dues for illegal expenditures.

Randall Thompson filed the lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

United Food and Commercial Worker Local 1059 union officials enjoy monopoly bargaining privileges over Thompson's workplace. And because Ohio does not have a Right to Work law making union affiliation and dues payments completely voluntary, Thompson is forced to pay a portion of union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

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Nurses Challenging Forced Unionization Deal by Union Organizers and Company Management

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Nurses Challenging Forced Unionization Deal by Union Organizers and Company Management

Union organizers’ intimidation sways outcome of unionization election

Massillon, OH (September 10, 2012) – Two local Affinity Medical Center nurses are seeking to overturn a union certification election after experiencing union intimidation that tainted the results.

With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, Affinity nurses Susan Kelley and Cinda Keener filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) a motion to intervene in the election proceedings in their workplace.

National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) union organizers and Affinity Medical Center management entered into a "neutrality agreement" that gave union organizers preferential access to the facility helping them to impose monopoly bargaining on the nurses. Company and union officials refuse to disclose the terms of the secret agreement despite requests from the nurses

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Mechanic Challenges Obama Recess Appointments in Federal Court

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Mechanic Challenges Obama Recess Appointments in Federal Court

Right to Work Foundation attorneys argue purported recess appointments are invalid because Senate was not in actual recess

Columbus, OH (August 17, 2012) – A Columbus-area Center City International Trucks mechanic is challenging in federal court President Barack Obama's recent purported recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Kyle Chilton filed his legal challenge with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Friday.

Chilton's case stems from a battle over a petition he and his coworkers signed asking for a vote to remove the International Association of Machinists (IAM) union from his workplace. A three-member panel of the NLRB dismissed Chilton's petition. The decision means that Chilton and his coworkers cannot submit another petition for at least three years. Two of Obama's three purported recess appointments to the Board participated on the panel.

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