Brainerd, Minn. (May 31, 2001) -- In a 66 to 28 vote, employees at Bang Printing stripped the Graphic Communications International Union Upper Midwest Local 1-M of the power to get employees fired for refusing to financially support the union as non-members.
Carole Kraklau and other employees received free legal advice from attorneys with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requesting that the deauthorization election be conducted. The results of that vote were announced today.
The decisive vote ends the union's power to force workers to pay union dues, much of which is spent for politics, lobbying, social activities, and other activities claimed to be related to "representing" the employees. Employees who refused to pay the dues were threatened with discharge.
"This landslide victory shows that when employees are given the opportunity to decide how much power union officials have over them, they choose freedom," said Stefan Gleason, Vice President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
By deauthorizing the union in the NLRB election, employees are now free to decide for themselves whether to join or financially support the union. The union is now forced to justify to individual employees why it deserves the support of the rank-and-file workers.