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Minnesota Homecare Providers File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Forced Unionization Scheme

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Minnesota Homecare Providers File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Forced Unionization Scheme

SEIU seeks to push home-based personal care providers into forced-dues ranks against their will

Minneapolis, MN (July 28, 2014) – Today, a group of home-based personal care providers who care for family members filed a federal lawsuit challenging a law that authorizes forcible unionization of the state's home-based personal care providers.

With free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys, Teri Bierman and eight other providers from around the state filed the suit against Governor Mark Dayton and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

The homecare providers' suit requests an injunction halting implementation of a law intended to designate SEIU union officials as the monopoly political representative of thousands of providers in the state. The SEIU seeks to unionize the providers via a mail-in vote starting August 1.

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Security Guards Hit SEIU Local Union Officials with Federal Unfair Labor Practice Charges

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Security Guards Hit SEIU Local Union Officials with Federal Unfair Labor Practice Charges

Workers allege SEIU officials made harassing phone calls to nonmembers

San Francisco, CA (July 18, 2014) – A local security guard has filed a federal charge against a San Francisco-based union for violating his and his coworkers' rights.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Universal Protection Service security guard Daniel Ozabuki filed the unfair labor practice charge for himself and seven others against Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 24/7.

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SEIU Officials Face Charge for Violating County Pharmacist's Rights

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SEIU Officials Face Charge for Violating County Pharmacist's Rights

Case shows desperate need for California Right to Work law to make union membership and dues strictly voluntary

San Jose, CA (June 18, 2014) – With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation-provided staff attorneys, a Santa Clara Valley Medical Center pharmacist has filed a state charge against a local union for illegally refusing to honor her right to refrain from full dues-paying union membership.

Han Kwan Wong, a pharmacist from San Jose, filed the charge with the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) against Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 521 for illegally forcing her into full union dues payments against her will.

In December 2013, Wong attempted to hand deliver a letter to SEIU Local 521 notifying the union hierarchy that she was exercising her right to refrain from formal union membership. An SEIU official refused to accept Wong's letter.

Wong then sent a certified letter to the union hierarchy. SEIU Local 521 union officials responded by acknowledging Wong’s resignation letter but still continue to extract full union dues from her paychecks – claiming the union membership resignation did not meet the union's criteria.

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TV Report: California Civil Servants Challenge SEIU Dues Scheme

A news report highlights the a recent case filed by Foundation staff attorneys on behalf of a group of California Civil Servants against SEIU Local 1000:




Hospital Workers Win Federal Settlements Booting SEIU Officials from Area Hospital

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Hospital Workers Win Federal Settlements Booting SEIU Officials from Area Hospital

200 nurses and ancillary employees freed from illegal SEIU forced dues power grab

Thousand Oaks, CA (October 21, 2013) – A group of Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital (TOSH) nurses and support staff has won three federal settlements forcing two major healthcare unions and the hospital's parent company to stop illegally forcing them and their coworkers into unwanted union "representation."

The settlements come after three TOSH nurses and two support staff receiving free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation filed federal charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In late November 2012, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Holdings, Inc.-owned Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center purchased TOSH. In late April 2013, Los Robles Hospital management suddenly announced that TOSH workers were "represented" by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) and SEIU Local 121 RN union officials. Supposedly the workers had been "accreted" into a pre-existing Los Robles-SEIU monopoly bargaining unit.

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Government Union Bosses Face Federal Suit for Illegal Forced Dues Scheme

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Government Union Bosses Face Federal Suit for Illegal Forced Dues Scheme

Right to Work Foundation attorneys challenge union hierarchy for violating civil servant’s constitutional rights

Santa Barbara, CA (August 21, 2013) – A retired Santa Barbara County employee has filed a federal lawsuit against the county and a local Service Employees International Union (SEIU) affiliate for violating her constitutional rights and refusing to follow federal disclosure requirements.

Rosemary Banko filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California located in Los Angles with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

Before Banko retired in July, the county collected full union dues from her paychecks even though she was not a member of the SEIU Local 620.

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Worker Advocate Launches TV Ad Campaign Reaching Out to Pittsburgh-Area Healthcare Professionals

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Worker Advocate Launches TV Ad Campaign Reaching Out to Area Healthcare Professionals

National Right to Work Foundation seeks to inform workers of their rights

Pittsburgh, PA (July 30, 2013) – The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has launched an information campaign focusing on Pittsburgh-area hospital workers.

The Foundation launched the television ad campaign after receiving reports that a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is stepping up pressure on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to hand over its workers and allow them to be shoved into union ranks.

The ad campaign currently consists of a series of messages featuring healthcare professionals the Foundation has assisted in the past. The Foundation is the nation's premier organization exclusively dedicated to providing free legal assistance to employee victims of forced unionism abuse.

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Airline Workers’ Federal Class-Action Suit Seeks to Ground Union Boss Forced Dues Powers

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Airline Workers' Federal Class-Action Suit Seeks to Ground Union Boss Forced Dues Powers

Relying on landmark Knox Supreme Court decision, workers seek to roll back union boss power to collect forced dues

Dallas, TX (June 27, 2013) – Six airline workers have filed a federal class-action lawsuit that seeks to expand workers' right to refrain from paying union dues in light of last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Knox v. SEIU Local 1000.

Five American Eagle Airlines baggage handlers from Texas and a Southwest Airlines flight attendant from Maryland filed the lawsuit with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas.

The workers all are not members of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWUA). However, the workers must still accept the TWUA hierarchy as their monopoly bargaining representative even though they are prohibited from voting on the union's bargaining agreement or participating in union meetings. Additionally, federal labor law empowers union officials to extract union dues and fees from the workers as payment for their so-called "representation." If the workers refused to pay union dues or fees, they would be terminated from their jobs.

Last year, the Supreme Court suggested in its Foundation-won Knox v. SEIU ruling that it was ready to reassess whether union bosses' forced dues powers, which it called "something of an anomaly," violate workers' First Amendment rights. Responding to that suggestion, the workers' lawsuit seeks to eliminate forced unionism in America.

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Hospital Worker to Testify at Congressional Hearing Regarding SEIU Card Check Coercion

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Hospital Worker to Testify at Congressional Hearing Regarding SEIU Card Check Coercion

Worker advocate says National Labor Relations Board has failed to protect workers who wish to refrain from union affiliation

Washington, DC (June 26, 2013) – An Orange County, California hospital worker and her National Right to Work Foundation staff attorney will testify today before a U.S. House subcommittee about the need for workers to be able to choose free from coercion whether they want a union hierarchy in their workplace.

Marlene Felter, a Chapman Medical Center worker who led an effort to stave off unwanted Service Employees International Union (SEIU) boss "representation" from her workplace, and attorney Glenn Taubman, who has over 30 years of experience on the Foundation's legal staff, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce's Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions at 10:00 AM.

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Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court Update

Regular Freedom@Work readers may remember the case of Pam Harris, an Illinois woman who is challenging an SEIU scheme aimed at forcing her and other homecare providers into union ranks. For the past several years, Harris has received free legal assistance from Foundation staff attorneys. 

In November 2011, Harris filed a a petition for a writ of certiorari at the Supreme Court, challenging the SEIU's forced-unionism scheme on the grounds that it violates homecare providers' freedom of association and freedom of speech. Last June, the Supreme Court asked for a brief on the issues presented from the Solicitor General, a move that could indicate heightened interest in the case. The Solicitor General's brief was filed in early May. Harris's Foundation-provided staff attorney submitted a reply shortly thereafter. 

Although we hoped the Supreme Court would announce whether it would take the case this morning, it was not on today's orders list, meaning the case will be conferenced again this Thursday. That makes this coming Monday (June 17th) the likely day the Court will announce whether or not it will take the case. 

For more information on the case, including links to Harris's petition and several amicus curiae briefs filed in support of her arguments, check out Scotusblog.  


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