Air Force Veteran Takes Legal Action After a Campaign of Harassment by Union Operatives Forces Her Out of Job
Lawsuit: Company officials deliberately ignored union harassment campaign and discriminated against employees who exercised right to refrain from union activities
Marshalltown, IA (August 24, 2016) – Lillian Nixon, an Air Force veteran residing in Iowa, is bringing suit against her former employer, Fisher Controls International LLC after a long campaign of harassment and abuses by union agents forced her out of her job as a Final Inspector at the Marshalltown Fisher plant. Her petition was filed in Iowa District Court with free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.
In February 2015, Lillian Nixon exercised her rights under Iowa’s Right to Work law and federal law to resign from United Auto Workers Local 893 which is the monopoly bargaining agent at that location. Instead of respecting her decision, union thugs responded with a campaign to retaliate against Nixon and intimidate any other workers who might have been considering exercising their rights. The petition filed with the court, which seeks damages due to the negligence of Fisher and its representatives, details an ugly campaign targeting Nixon.
Over 15 months Nixon was subjected to regular criminal harassment and intimidation by both fellow employees as well as unidentified individuals with access to Fisher property. These incidents varied from trashing her work area to the placement of defaming literature on company bulletin boards, to repeatedly defacing property with stickers using the slur “Scab”. In one incident Nixon was the victim of physical battery and at another time her car was vandalized when her tire was slashed.
Despite repeated requests, both verbally, and in writing by Nixon for Fisher to enforce the rules and protect her from this organized campaign of intimidation, the company refused to even investigate. Fisher representative Steve Martin refused to enforce workplace rules violated by the perpetrators, informed Nixon that he and the union were tired of her complaints, and outlandishly even alleged that she was harassing herself, notwithstanding the ample evidence of an organized, professional intimidation campaign.
After one of the few remaining non-union workers was forced out of a position by the foreman at Fisher, Nixon concluded that there was no future with the company due to the hostility from union agents and the unwillingness of company officials to enforce their rules and stop the illegal harassment campaign. She quit Fischer on May 25, 2016 rather than be subjected to regular workplace harassment and illegal discrimination.
“The horrific campaign of thuggery and intimidation perpetrated against Air Force Veteran Lillian Nixon shows how far Big Labor will go to attack workers who refuse to toe the union line,” said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. “Union bosses who organize such campaigns of violence and intimidation and companies that encourage harassment must be brought to justice.”