UPS Worker Files Federal Charge against Teamster Union for Ignoring His Rights Under Texas's Right to Work Law
Teamster union officials stonewall worker's attempt to refrain from dues payments
Irving, TX (December 20, 2013) – A Desoto UPS (NYSE: UPS) worker has filed a federal charge against a local Teamster union for violating his rights.
With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Laroderick Wilson filed the unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Wilson informed the Teamster Local 745 union that he was exercising his right under Texas's Right to Work law to refrain from union dues payments in September, 2013. Under Texas's Right to Work law, union officials must respect workers' right to refrain from the payment of any union dues.
Instead of complying with Wilson's request, Teamster Local 745 union officials told him that he would have to wait for a union-designated "window period" before he could revoke his dues deduction authorization – a document union officials use to take dues or fees from workers' paychecks – and opt out of union dues. Revocation of dues deduction authorizations is a matter controlled by federal law, not state Right to Work laws.
Teamster Local 745 union officials have refused to provide Wilson with a copy of his dues deduction authorization and have told him that if he wants a copy, he must appear in person at the union hall.
"Teamster union bosses are trying to keep workers from exercising their rights under Texas's popular Right to Work law," said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. "Schemes like this show that the ultimate goal of union officials is more forced dues collected from workers, even when rank-and-file employees want nothing to do with a union."