‘Scofflaw union officials continually flout the Right to Work law and illegally subject independent-minded workers to forced union dues…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Three Michigan truck drivers won a federal settlement after Teamsters Local 20 union skimmed dues and initiation fees from their paychecks despite their decision not to join the union.
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of former employees at Syncreon America, Inc: Wendell Collins and Damani Mincey, and current employee Arthur Caple, according to a press release.
“Foundation staff attorneys are committed to vigorously defending workers’ rights from Big Labor’s coercive practices, including in Right to Work states like Michigan,” said National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix.
“Unfortunately, Michigan has become a battleground for worker freedoms as scofflaw union officials continually flout the Right to Work law and illegally subject independent-minded workers to forced union dues.”
The three employees opted not to join Teamsters Local 20. Both Michigan state law and federal law prohibit mandatory union membership.
Caples, Collins and Mincey chose not to pay dues or fees to the union. Michigan passed a Right to Work law in 2012 that prevents unions from collecting mandatory dues.
Yet Syncreon skimmed union dues and fees and gave them to Teamsters Local 20.
The union kept the money, violating the law and the employees’ rights.
The NLRB complaint said Teamster bosses falsely told Caple that he had to join the union and pay dues to be employed at Syncreon.
The NLRB settlement requires both Syncreon and Teamsters Local 20 to post notices about employees’ rights.
The notice says, “We will not threaten employees with loss of job bidding rights, loss of employment or diminishment of any other terms and conditions of employment because they refuse to join Local 20, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Union) and/or refuse to pay union membership dues.”