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California Nurse Union Booted Out of McAllen, TX Hospital

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California Nurse Union Booted Out of McAllen, TX Hospital

Worker advocate thwarts union boss scheme to coercively interrogate independent-minded nurse

McAllen, TX (September 10, 2012) – With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Legal Foundation staff attorneys, a group of McAllen nurses have succeeded in removing a California-based union from their workplace.

About two years ago, National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) union officials entered into a "neutrality agreement" with Rio Grande Regional Hospital and its parent company, HCA Holdings, designed to grease the skids for the nurses' unionization. Such agreements give union organizers access to workers in the workplace, workers' home addresses and other personal information, and impose gag rules on what company managers can say about the union.

NNOC union bosses unionized the nurses after conducting a stealth organizing campaign under the neutrality agreement. But a tenacious group of nurses led by Victoria Lynn Glass, RN, filed for a decertification election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in July 2012 successfully voted the union out of their hospital by a tally of 156-128.

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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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SEIU Officials Face State Prosecution for Violating Pharmacist’s Rights

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SEIU Officials Face State Prosecution for Violating Pharmacist's Rights

Case shows desperate need for California Right to Work law

San Jose, CA (September 6, 2012) – Last week, the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) filed a complaint against a local union for illegally refusing to honor a worker's right to refrain from full-dues-paying union membership.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center pharmacist Jeffrey Lum of Cupertino filed a state charge in June against Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 521 for illegally forcing him into full union dues payments.

Lum, a county employee, exercised his right to refrain from formal union membership in November 2011 and sent a letter to the SEIU notifying the union hierarchy of his decision.

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Labor Day Statement: “Union Officials Are Mounting A Billion Dollar Campaign to Reelect President Barack Obama”

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Labor Day Statement: "Union Officials Are Mounting A Billion Dollar Campaign to Reelect President Barack Obama"

Forced-dues funded billion dollar machine enables union officials to wield immense political clout, even though voluntary union membership continues to steadily decline

Washington, DC (August 31, 2012) – Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and National Right to Work Committee, released the following statement regarding this year's Labor Day holiday.

"This Labor Day, many workers will enjoy a well-deserved long weekend. But as we celebrate with friends and family, union officials are mounting a billion dollar campaign to reelect President Barack Obama and elect more pro-forced unionism allies in Congress.

"Throughout the United States, tens of millions of American workers are already compelled to pay dues or fees to union officials as a condition of getting or keeping a job. And millions more workers are required by law to accept a union's so-called 'representation,' even if they would rather negotiate with their employer themselves on their own merits.

"Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that Big Labor spends about four times on politics and lobbying than what was previously thought. This forced-dues funded billion dollar machine enables union officials to wield immense political clout, even though voluntary union membership continues to steadily decline."

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Ready-Mix Concrete Worker Seeks to Break Free of Teamster Union Dues Scheme

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Ready-Mix Concrete Worker Seeks to Break Free of Teamster Union Dues Scheme

Teamsters refuse to follow federal disclosure requirements

Goshen, IN (August 15, 2012) – With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, an Eagle Ready Mix concrete worker has filed a federal charge against a local Teamster union for violating his rights.

Edward Chupp of Goshen filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this month.

Chauffeurs, Teamsters and Helpers Local 364 union officials never informed workers of their rights, including their right to refrain from full-dues-paying union membership as upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Foundation-won Communications Workers v. Beck case.

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Workers Challenge Obama NLRB "Recess Appointments" in Federal Appeals Court

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Workers Challenge Obama NLRB "Recess Appointments" in Federal Appeals Court

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

Chicago, IL (July 30, 2012) – Four workers filed a brief today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago challenging President Barack Obama's recent purported recess appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

David Yost and Ronald Echegaray of Morgantown, West Virginia, Doug Richards of Ligonier, Indiana, and John Lugo of Chicago, Illinois filed the brief with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

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Local Scofflaw Teamster Union Bosses Violate Federal Settlement, Worker’s Rights

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Local Scofflaw Teamster Union Bosses Violate Federal Settlement, Worker's Rights

Union bosses continually keep workers in dark about expenditures

Seattle, WA (July 26, 2012) – With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a Sandy, Oregon, bus driver's case before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken yet another dramatic turn.

On Monday, a NLRB Regional Director revoked a federal settlement reached between the agency and Teamsters Local 206 union officials after union officials made a mockery of federal labor law and repeatedly violated the settlement.

The legal challenge is part of an ongoing legal controversy involving the union and First Student bus driver Richard Harmon, who resigned from formal union membership in Teamsters Local 206 in January 2011.

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Worker Advocate Testifies Before Congress Regarding Obama Big Labor Paybacks

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Worker Advocate Testifies Before Congress Regarding Obama Big Labor Paybacks

Foundation staff attorney helps expose out of control Obama Labor Board

Washington, DC (July 25, 2012) – This morning, National Right to Work Foundation staff attorney William Messenger is testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

The subcommittee, which is chaired by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), is holding the hearing entitled "Examining Proposals to Strengthen the National Labor Relations Act." The hearing is located in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building and is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EDT.

Update: A transcript of Messenger's testimony can be viewed here (pdf).

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AT&T Workers Petition U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Union Exemption from Identity Theft Laws

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AT&T Workers Petition U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Union Exemption from Identity Theft Laws

Judge ruled that North Carolina identity protections don’t apply to union bosses who retaliated against nonmembers by publicly posting social security numbers

Washington, DC (July 19, 2012) – With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a group of 13 North Carolina-based AT&T (NYSE: T) employees is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an identity theft case involving federal preemption.

In the fall of 2007, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 3602 union president John Glenn maliciously posted the names and social security numbers of 33 AT&T employees on a publicly accessible bulletin board at the company's facility in Burlington, N.C.

All the employees whose names and personal information were posted in a hallway close to the building entrance, accessible to employees and nonemployees alike, had exercised their freedom under the state's Right to Work law to resign from CWA union membership and cease paying union dues.

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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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