Local Transit Worker Wins Federal Settlement After Union Officials Misled and Ignored Worker to Pocket Extra Union Dues
Union officials refused to acknowledge worker's request to exercise right to refrain from union dues payments
Mesa, AZ (January 30, 2014) – With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a local transit worker has won a federal settlement after union officials violated his right to refrain from paying union dues or fees.
David Azbell worked as a bus driver for Veolia Transportation and then for First Transit, which took over Veolia Transportation's contract with the city. In June 2013, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1433 union officials were considering calling a strike against the new company to pressure company management into entering a monopoly bargaining agreement with the union.
Unsatisfied with the ATU Local 1433 union officials' so-called "representation," Azbell hand-delivered a letter to a union official stating that under Arizona's Right to Work law he was resigning his union membership and refraining from paying union dues. When Azbell submitted his letter of resignation, the union official told him that the union hierarchy would still continue to take union dues from his paychecks.