Various retailers, package delivery companies, restaurants, and other employers hire additional temporary workers to meet the increased demands of service during the Holiday Season. Understanding that many of these temporary workers may be unaware of the rules and laws regarding forced union fees and membership, union officials often take advantage and deceive unsuspecting individuals into joining a union with which they may not want to associate or paying union dues that they are not legally obligated to pay.
To help these temporary workers understand their full legal rights, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has issued its annual Holiday Season legal notice to help protect against the injustices of forced unionism.
FOUNDATION’S LEGAL ADIVICE FOR HOLIDAY SEASON TEMPORARY WORKERS:
If you are a temporary worker in any state regardless whether it has Right to Work protections, you do not necessarily have to join a union or pay union fees as a condition of employment in your temporary job. Union officials and some employers may tell you that you must join a union or pay union fees, but that is not necessarily true.
Time Limits: Seasonal workers should understand first and foremost that if you work for LESS THAN 30 DAYS on a job, then you are not legally obligated to pay union fees or join a union.
Forced Union Fees: Union officials, and some employers, may pressure you to sign a dues deduction authorization or “check off” card. You legally DO NOT have to sign such a card. The “check off” card would legally allow union officials to deduct money from your pay, in some cases your whole paycheck, to fulfill their dues demands.
Forced Union Membership: Union officials, and some employers, may pressure you to sign documents that would enroll you in a union with which you do not want to associate. You legally DO NOT have to sign these documents as a condition of employment. Forced union membership could trap you into paying union dues and fees well after you have ended your seasonal employment.
If you have already signed documentation forcing you into a union and paying union fees and feel your rights may have been violated, please call the Foundation’s legal team at 1-800-336-3600 or e-mail us at [email protected]
Remember this simple three step process before you sign your name on a piece of paper concerning union membership or union dues or fees:
1. Do not sign any documents stating you want to join a union that could trap you in union membership even after your seasonal job has ended, unless you truly and voluntarily want to join that union.
2. Do not sign any documents authorizing union officials to deduct money automatically from your hard earned paychecks, unless you truly and voluntarily want to join that union.
3. If you are pressured, concerned, or have any questions regarding information your employer or a union “representative” gives you about union membership or payment of union dues or fees, immediately call the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation for free legal assistance. Preferably DO NOT SIGN ANY PAPERWORK FROM A UNION OFFICIAL until a Foundation-provided attorney has reviewed your situation and given you legal advice. However, if you are told by the employer that you will not be given a job unless you sign that paperwork, then you can sign the document “under protest” and immediately call the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation for free legal assistance. You can call 1- 800-336-3600 or e-mail the Foundation’s legal team at [email protected].