10 Mar 2016

Foundation Issues Special Legal Notice to All WV Workers Regarding New Right to Work Protections

Foundation’s West Virginia Right to Work Task Force offers free legal aid to West Virginia employees seeking to exercise Right to Work protections

Springfield, VA (March 10, 2016) The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has created a special legal task force to defend and enforce West Virginia’s newly-passed Right to Work law. Today, staff attorneys issued a special notice to all West Virginia workers detailing the new workplace rights workers will enjoy once the Right to Work law takes effect. The notice explains how workers may request free legal advice and aid from Foundation staff attorneys.

In February, West Virginia legislators overrode Gov. Tomblin’s veto of Right to Work legislation, thereby making West Virginia the nation’s newest Right to Work state. Under the law – which applies to monopoly bargaining contracts entered into, modified, renewed or extended after July 1, 2016 – workers will no longer be required to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment once any union monopoly bargaining agreement in effect on or before June 30, 2016, is modified, renewed or extended.

Unfortunately, union officials often try to stymie independent-minded workers who seek to exercise their rights under Right to Work laws. Workers seeking to exercise their Right to Work protections frequently encounter intimidation and harassment. Any West Virginia worker who has questions about his or her rights or encounters any resistance or abuse while trying to exercise his or her workplace rights, is encouraged to contact Foundation staff attorneys for free legal aid.

Workers may view the special legal notice here to learn how to contact the Foundation for assistance. Affected employees may also call the Foundation’s legal hotline toll-free at 1-800-336-3600 or contact the Foundation online at www.nrtw.org to request free legal assistance or to learn more about their new rights.

“Right to Work laws prevent the injustice workers suffer from compulsory unionism,” said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation. “But Right to Work laws are only effective if they are vigorously enforced, and we know that union bosses will devise schemes to keep workers in their forced-dues grasp. The National Right to Work Foundation will fight to make sure that every West Virginian’s Right to Work is protected, because no worker should ever be forced to pay union dues or fees just to get or keep a job.”

23 Sep 2015

NRTW Foundation Issues Special Legal Notice to Seattle-Area Uber, Lyft Drivers Targeted for Forced Union Dues

The Seattle City Council is considering a measure to hand over drivers’ personal contact information to union officials so drivers can be forced to pay union dues

Springfield, VA (September 23, 2015) – The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has issued this special legal notice to all Seattle-area independent, for-hire drivers, alerting them to an impending threat to their individual freedom.

Acting at the behest of union officials, the Seattle City Council is targeting independent drivers, such as those who contract with Uber and Lyft, for mandatory unionization and the seizure of compulsory union fees. The Seattle City Council is considering enacting a bill, which can be found here, that:

(1) requires that independent drivers’ personal information, including their home and email addressesand phone numbers, be turned over to union officials;

(2) authorizes exclusive union representation of independent drivers, in which union officials gain legalauthority to speak and contract for all independent drivers who contract with a company, irrespective of whether an individual driver approves or not; and

(3) authorizes union officials to make agreements with companies that “require membership of for-hiredrivers in the [union] . . . as a condition of being hired, contracted with, or partnered with by the driver coordinator to provide for-hire services to the public.”

The legality of Seattle’s imminent attempt to foist compulsory unionization on independent drivers is highly suspect and may be susceptible to legal challenge.

If you are an independent driver in the Seattle area who values your independence, and oppose being forced to submit to mandatory union representation and forced union dues, you can contact the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation for information about your rights and legal options.

Since 1968, the Foundation has worked in the courts to expand and protect the rights of individuals to choose to refrain from union representation and membership. It is the nation’s premier organization exclusively dedicated to providing free legal assistance to individual victims of forced unionism.

If you are an independent driver who wants to learn more about your legal rights and options, contact a Foundation staff attorney toll free at 1-800-336-3600, or via email to [email protected], or by clicking here.

“Big Labor union bosses and their Seattle political allies are desperate to force more workers into the depleted ranks of forced unionism,” said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. “It is outrageous that for-hire drivers could soon be forced to forfeit a portion of their earnings to a union to continue to work with companies like Uber and Lyft. The National Right to Work Foundation will proudly offer free legal aid to drivers opposed to this violation of their rights.”

10 Mar 2015

Worker Advocate Offers Legal Aid to Wisconsin Workers Seeking to Exercise Rights under New Right to Work Law

Washington, DC (March 10, 2015) – The National Right to Work Foundation is offering free legal aid to Wisconsin private-sector workers seeking to exercise their right under Wisconsin’s newly-enacted Right to Work law to refrain from union membership and union dues payments.

On Monday, Governor Scott Walker signed the nation’s newest Right to Work law, effective Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Under the law, workers will no longer be required to pay union dues as a condition of employment once the current union monopoly bargaining agreement in their workplace expires.

The National Right to Work Foundation has a long history of assisting employees seeking to exercise their Right to Work rights, most recently under Right to Work provisions enacted in Indiana and Michigan. Foundation attorneys also provided free legal representation to Wisconsin public-sector employees who sought to refrain from paying union dues or fees under Walker’s 2011 public-sector union reforms, commonly referred to as “Act 10.”

Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, issued the following statement:

“No worker should ever be forced to join or pay dues to a union as a condition of their employment. That is why Wisconsin’s new Right to Work law is a great advance for worker freedom. Today, workers in Wisconsin finally have Right to Work protections.

“Unfortunately, union officials won’t give up their forced dues power easily. In addition to fighting Governor Walker in court, it won’t be surprising to see them make it difficult for workers to exercise their rights. Workers who try to exercise those rights may encounter stonewalling, intimidation, or harassment at the hands of union officials.

“In response, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, a charitable organization that provides free legal assistance to employees nationwide, has created a special task force to defend workers seeking to exercise their Right to Work.

“Affected employees are encouraged to call the Foundation’s legal hotline toll-free at 1-800-336-3600 or contact the Foundation through its award-winning website at www.nrtw.org.”

The National Right to Work Foundation issued a special legal notice to Wisconsin workers, which can be viewed here: www.nrtw.org/WisconsinRTW.

18 Sep 2014

Right to Work Foundation Issues Special Legal Notice to Alabama Mercedes Employees

News Release

Right to Work Foundation Issues Special Legal Notice to Alabama Mercedes Employees

UAW union bosses target Mercedes-Benz workers for unionization

Springfield, VA (September 18, 2014) – The National Right to Work Foundation has issued a special legal notice regarding Vance, Alabama Mercedes-Benz workers targeted by United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials for unionization. The notice can be viewed here: http://www.nrtw.org/en/special-notice-alabama-mercedes-benz.

UAW union officials are waging an aggressive unionization campaign targeting Mercedes-Benz workers at the Vance plant. The Foundation’s notice debunks UAW union boss Dennis Williams’s claims that Mercedes-Benz workers must unionize with the UAW union in order to discuss wages and working conditions with their employer. The notice informs workers about what they can legally do if they oppose, or change their minds about their support of, the unionization scheme.

The notice also addresses workers’ legal rights during a card check unionization campaign, similar to what UAW union officials attempted in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in case UAW union organizers resort to the coercive unionization tactic.

Click here to read the full release.

18 Sep 2014

Right to Work Foundation Issues Special Legal Notice to Alabama Mercedes Employees

Springfield, VA (September 18, 2014) – The National Right to Work Foundation has issued a special legal notice regarding Vance, Alabama Mercedes-Benz workers targeted by United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials for unionization. The notice can be viewed here: http://www.nrtw.org/en/special-notice-alabama-mercedes-benz.

UAW union officials are waging an aggressive unionization campaign targeting Mercedes-Benz workers at the Vance plant. The Foundation’s notice debunks UAW union boss Dennis Williams’s claims that Mercedes-Benz workers must unionize with the UAW union in order to discuss wages and working conditions with their employer. The notice informs workers about what they can legally do if they oppose, or change their minds about their support of, the unionization scheme.

The notice also addresses workers’ legal rights during a card check unionization campaign, similar to what UAW union officials attempted in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in case UAW union organizers resort to the coercive unionization tactic.

“Mercedes-Benz workers can discuss their work with their employer without UAW unionization,” said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. “UAW union officials are misleading workers into thinking that they have no choice but to unionize in order to have a voice in the workplace.”

“National Right to Work attorneys have assisted workers across the country who have suffered the consequences of these top-down organizing campaigns designed by UAW union officials, most recently in Chattanooga,” added Mix. “Workers who feel they are being unfairly pressured when deciding whether or not to associate with the UAW union may request free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys by calling 1-800-336-3600 or contacting us on the Foundation’s website at www.nrtw.org.”

5 Sep 2013

Right to Work Foundation Issues Special Legal Notice to Chattanooga Volkswagen Employees

News Release

Right to Work Foundation Issues Special Legal Notice to Chattanooga Volkswagen Employees

UAW union bosses target Volkswagen workers for unionization

Springfield, VA (September 5, 2013) – The National Right to Work Foundation has issued a special legal notice regarding Chattanooga, Tennessee Volkswagen AG (VOW.DE) workers targeted by United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials for unionization. The notice can be viewed here: http://www.nrtw.org/en/vw-chattanooga.

Recent media reports suggest that Volkswagen and UAW union officials are in talks about unionization of the VW workers at the Chattanooga plant. The Foundation’s notice debunks UAW union boss Bob King’s remarks that Volkswagen workers must unionize with the UAW union in order to discuss wages and working conditions with their employer. The notice also informs workers about what they can legally do if they oppose, or change their minds about their support of, the unionization scheme.

Click here to read the full release.

5 Sep 2013

Right to Work Foundation Issues Special Legal Notice to Chattanooga Volkswagen Employees

Springfield, VA (September 5, 2013) – The National Right to Work Foundation has issued a special legal notice regarding Chattanooga, Tennessee Volkswagen AG (VOW.DE) workers targeted by United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials for unionization. The notice can be viewed here: http://www.nrtw.org/en/vw-chattanooga.

Recent media reports suggest that Volkswagen and UAW union officials are in talks about unionization of the VW workers at the Chattanooga plant. The Foundation’s notice debunks UAW union boss Bob King’s remarks that Volkswagen workers must unionize with the UAW union in order to discuss wages and working conditions with their employer. The notice also informs workers about what they can legally do if they oppose, or change their minds about their support of, the unionization scheme.

“Volkswagen workers can discuss their work with their employer without UAW unionization,” said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. “The UAW’s campaign of misrepresentation is meant only to misinform workers into thinking that they have no choice but to unionize.”

“National Right to Work attorneys have assisted workers across the country who have suffered the consequences of these top-down organizing campaigns designed by UAW union officials,” added Mix. “Workers who feel they are being unfairly pressured when deciding whether or not to associate with the UAW union may request free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys by calling 1-800-336-3600 or contacting us on the Foundation’s website at www.nrtw.org.”

22 Aug 2013

Worker Advocate Issues Special Legal Notice to Post Brothers Employees, Other Philadelphia Construction Workers

Philadelphia, PA (August 22, 2013) – The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which helps victims of union coercion, just released a special legal notice geared to informing Philadelphia-area construction workers of their rights.

The Foundation issued the legal notice in the wake of extensive media reports of union violence and harassment perpetrated against Post Brothers Construction and other nonunion construction employers’ work sites in the Philadelphia area. The reports allege that Philadelphia Building Trades Union militants are at the heart of this despicable activity.

The Foundation encourages Philadelphia construction workers to learn about their rights from independent sources and posted the special legal notice for workers on its website at http://www.nrtw.org.

The Foundation notes that employees have the right under federal labor law, and local criminal and civil laws, to work in an environment free from union threats, violence, and coercion. And the Foundation is offering free legal aid to Philadelphia construction employees targeted by union violence and harassment.

“The National Right to Work Foundation stands ready to defend the rights of workers who want to work to support themselves and their families free from union thuggery and intimidation,” said Patrick Semmens, Vice President of the National Right to Work Foundation. “No worker should ever be forced to join or pay dues to an unwanted union just to get or keep a job.”

19 Apr 2011

Legal Notice: Foundation Win Forces Union Officials to Inform Florida Teachers of their Rights

Posted in Blog, Legal Notices

With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a Florida teacher won a settlement from the state’s Public Employees Relations Commission that orders United Teachers of Dade (UTD) union officials to stop discriminating against teachers who don’t belong to the union. Miami-Dade schools are also required to post the following notice to inform teachers of their rights

 

 

 

For more on the Foundation’s efforts to help Florida teachers, see our press release from last September.

11 Nov 2009

Special Legal Notice to Employees Represented by the Machinists union (IAM) or the Transportation Communications Union (TCU)

If you are a nonmember of the Machinists union (IAM) or the Transportation Communications union (TCU) paying dues or “agency fees” to keep your job, you are entitled to claim a permanent reduction in your IAM or TCU dues. For calendar year 2011, the IAM admits that 30.62% of International union dues, 14.67% of district lodge dues and 12.24% of local lodge dues are being spent on political, ideological and other non-representational activities for which no employee can be required to pay. For TCU, the figures call for a reduction in calendar year 2011 of 30.62% of International union dues and 11.22% of TCU fees.

According to the "Notice" published in the Fall 2010 issue of the "IAM Journal," you can claim this permanent reduction by sending a letter postmarked during the month of November, 2010, to:

Warren L. Mart, General Secretary Treasurer
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
9000 Machinists Place
Upper Marlboro, MD. 20772-2687

Your letter can be short and simple, and needs only to state that you are a nonmember represented by the IAM or TCU, and that you object to paying for the unions’ political and other nonrepresentational activities. Include your name, home address, name of your employer, and the Local Lodge number of the union that represents your bargaining unit, if you know it.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order for you to make this a permanent and continuing objection, your letter should include a line stating that "my objection is permanent and continuing in nature unless and until revoked by me." Under a recent NLRB decision in IAM and IAM Local Lodge 2777 (L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace), 355 NLRB No. 174 (2010), the IAM is required to accept and process permanent and continuing objections, but you must specify this or your objection will be cancelled after one year and you will have to renew it next November.

Further note: If you are now a member of the IAM or TCU, you need to resign your membership in order to claim this dues reduction, since these unions do not allow members to receive the dues reduction. Click here for additional information on resigning and objecting.

If you have any questions or comments or need help concerning these matters, you may contact us via e-mail at [email protected], or by phone at 1-800-336-3600.