Case underscores need for Massachusetts Right to Work law
Boston, MA (April 6, 2012) – Workers caught in a battle between a local union and Lynn-based Complete Cleaning, Inc. are fighting back.
With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, Jairo Hernandez of Lynn filed federal charges against Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615 after union officials claimed to have monopoly bargaining privileges over the workplace with only a handful of signatures from workers supporting the union.
Hernandez filed the charges for himself and his coworkers with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Boston.
SEIU Local 615 officials claim monopoly bargaining privileges over Complete Cleaning's workers even though workers nearly unanimously oppose the union hierarchy in their workplace. Under federal law, it is illegal for a union to claim monopoly bargaining status over a workplace without majority employee support.
Furthermore, the SEIU filed federal charges against Complete Cleaning in an attempt to force the employer to negotiate a contact with the union.
Because Massachusetts does not have a Right to Work law making union dues payments strictly voluntary, SEIU officials will almost certainly demand a contract that forces Complete Cleaning’s workers into union dues payments.
"SEIU officials are pulling out all the stops to force their so-called 'representation' - and with it forced dues payments - down workers' throats," said Mark Mix, President of National Right to Work. "Massachusetts desperately needs a Right to Work law to make it less difficult for workers to keep predatory union bosses in check."