Teamster lawyers filed spurious blocking charges to delay union decertification election
Los Angeles, CA (December 11, 2012) – With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, an MV Transportation employee has filed federal unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against the Teamsters Local 63 union.
According to Gladys Canas, Teamster lawyers filed a spurious blocking charge for the sole purpose of preventing a decertification election that would have removed the union from her workplace.
On November 15, Canas submitted a petition for a union decertification election to her employer. On November 20, the NLRB held a hearing on the case during which Teamster officials requested a continuance, ostensibly to gain time to respond to the decertification election.
On November 21, however, Teamster lawyers filed an unfair labor practice charge against MV Transportation, alleging that the company unlawfully encouraged and assisted employees in their attempt to decertify the union.
Canas’ charge, filed by a Foundation staff attorney, alleges that Teamster officials offered no evidence to substantiate their allegations against the company. Instead, the union’s charge is only aimed at preventing or delaying the employees’ efforts to get rid of an unwanted union.
Canas is seeking an immediate dismissal of the union’s blocking charge by the NLRB.
“Instead of respecting employees’ rights to decide if they actually want a union, Teamster bosses filed bogus blocking charges to prevent a workplace election,” said Patrick Semmens, Vice President of the National Right to Work Foundation. “Workers shouldn’t be saddled with an unwanted union, which is why National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys stepped in to assist Ms. Canas.”