Multiple media outlets are reporting that officials of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have ordered AT&T employees out on strike starting at 3:00 PM EST May 19, 2017.
The situation raises serious concerns for employees who believe there is much to lose from a union-ordered strike.
Employees have the right under federal labor law to rebuff union officials’ strike demands, but it is important for you to get informed before you do so.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK DURING A STRIKE READ ALL OF THIS SPECIAL NOTICE BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK – IT MIGHT SAVE YOU THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!
CWA union officials have a decades long history of disciplining, fining and abusing workers who do not kow-tow to their dictates.
- Legal Foundation to Assist Non-Striking Verizon Employees Targeted by Union Violence and Harassment
- Employees Force Prosecution of Communications Union and Verizon
- AT&T Employee Files Federal Charges Against Communications Union for Illegal Threats
- Cleveland CWA Union Hit with Federal Charges for Illegal Fine Against Non-Striking Worker
For this reason, many AT&T employees may want to contact the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation to learn how they can avoid fines and other vicious union discipline for continuing to report to work to support themselves and their families. Much of the important information about your rights can be found on our website here.
The Foundation wants you to learn about your legal rights from independent sources. You should not rely on what self-interested union officials tell you. For over four decades, Foundation attorneys have worked in the courts to protect and expand the rights of individual employees in situations such as strikes. It is the nation’s premier organization exclusively dedicated to providing free legal assistance to employee victims of forced unionism abuse.
AT&T employees should know they have the following rights:
1) You have the right to resign your membership in the union. If you don’t support this union, you can send the union a letter resigning your membership.
2) You have the right to go to work even if the union bosses order a strike. Union officials can (and often do) levy onerous monetary fines against union members who work during a strike. So, you should seriously consider resigning your union membership BEFORE you return to work during a strike, which is the only way to avoid these ruinous union fines and discipline. See Union Discipline and Employee Rights. Your resignation letter must be postmarked THE DAY BEFORE you return to work, or hand delivered BEFORE you actually return to work.
3) You have the right to become a "Beck objector" and pay only reduced financial core fees instead of full membership dues. If you become a Beck objector, you will not be forced to pay for the CWA union’s far left political and social agenda.
4) You also have the right to revoke your dues check-off and stop allowing the union hierarchy to automatically collect money from your paycheck every week while no contract is in effect. You can send letters to the union and your employer revoking your authorization to have union dues deducted from your paycheck.
5) If you wish to eject an unaccountable union hierarchy from your workplace, you have the right to sign a decertification petition to obtain a secret ballot election to do so. See Decertification Election.
Here is a sample letter for employees who wish to resign their union membership and become Beck objectors.
NOTE: While not legally required, it is a better practice to send your letter to the union by certified mail, return receipt requested, and save a copy of your letter and the return receipt to prove delivery. If you hand deliver a letter, make sure that you have a reliable witness to the delivery. In our experience, angry and dishonest union officials often pretend they did not actually receive resignations and initiate discipline against non-striking workers anyway.