UAW’s Plan to “Extend” Expired Contract with the Big Three Doesn’t Impact Workers’ Rights to Stop Paying Union Dues
Worker advocate issues statement clarifying employee rights
Springfield, VA (September 22, 2015) – The National Right to Work Foundation, which provides free legal assistance to employees nationwide, issued the following statement after UAW officials announced that they would extended their expired bargaining agreement with the Big Three Automakers on an ‘hour-by-hour basis’:
The UAW’s recent announcement that it will extend the existing bargaining agreement with the Big Three Automakers on an “hour-by-hour basis” does not change the fact that Big Three employees in Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin now have the right to stop paying union dues. If you or someone you know has been denied the right to stop paying union dues by UAW officials on the grounds that their previous bargaining agreement with the UAW has been extended, contact the National Right to Work Foundation immediately by visiting the Foundation’s website or calling 1-800-336-3600.
“UAW officials can say what they want, but they no longer have the legal authority to require Big Three employees in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana to pay union dues as any ‘extended’ contract is now fully covered by state Right to Work laws,” said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. “It’s important that employees in all three states understand and are able to exercise their recently-enshrined workplace rights, and we encourage any autoworker who wishes to stop paying union dues to contact the National Right to Work Foundation immediately for free legal assistance.”
The Foundation’s full legal notice to UAW employees can be read here.