‘Matthew Coffey chose to exercise his right to work and support his family, and rather than respect that decision, UFCW bosses are doubling down on their illegal bullying…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Union bullies in New England lied and harassed a supermarket employee, falsely stating he had to be a member to keep his job and disparaging him when he worked during a strike, according to a labor complaint.
Matthew Coffey filed unfair labor practice charges Monday against the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1459.
The charges, filed with help from the National Right to Work Foundation, allege that UFCW wrongly told Coffey “that he would be disciplined” if he worked during the union’s strike, according to a press release.
“This case shows that strikes ordered by Big Labor bosses often include violations of workers’ individual rights,” said National Right to Work President Mark Mix.
“Matthew Coffey chose to exercise his right to work and support his family, and rather than respect that decision, UFCW bosses are doubling down on their illegal bullying.”
UFCW officials told Stop & Shop employees to strike in mid-April.
When Coffey did not strike, he said he faced harassment and personal slurs.
The charges filed today add to earlier charges that UFCW falsely informed Coffey that Stop & Shop is a “closed shop,” meaning union membership is mandatory for employment at the store.
Since Coffey thought union membership was required, he joined UFCW when he was hired in December 2017.
Unions have authority to punish voluntary members who work during strikes by imposing fines that can reach tens of thousands of dollars.
Coffey said he was not a voluntary member since UFCW lied to him about union membership and Stop & Shop employment.
UFCW sent a letter to Coffey on April 30 demanding that he appear before a court to be disciplined.
Coffey said he became a union member without his consent, making UFCW’s attempt to discipline him an illegal act under the National Labor Relations Act.