‘Sorry James but yes you do have to join…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A building materials supply company disregarded federal law and fired employee James Connolly because he refused to join a union.
Receiving assistance from The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Connolly filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board.
“James Connolly is fighting for his rights against union-boss bullies who have violated longstanding federal law,” said National Right to Work President Mark Mix.
“While this termination is blatantly illegal, it also underscores the need for Minnesota workers to have the protection of a Right to Work law, which would ensure that union membership and financial support are completely voluntary, and at the sole discretion of each individual employee,” Mix said.
In the complaint, Connolly alleged that the Teamsters Local 120 union and CRH Companies Midwest Region wrongly informed him that union membership is a requirement for employees, the NRTW reported in a press release.
In an email, Connolly asked a Teamsters Local 120 agent on April 2 if he would have to join the union during his employment with CRH.
The union agent responded the same day, “Sorry James but yes you do have to join.”
An employee at CRH companies also informed on May 1 that joining the union was mandatory for his job.
Connolly said he did not want to join the Teamsters union in an email reply on May 9.
CRH Companies emailed Connolly on May 10 to inform him that he was fired because he refused to join the union.
Connolly was employed with CRH Companies in Minnesota, which does not have a right to work law.
Unions in Minnesota can require employees of private companies to pay union fees as a condition of employment, but they cannot demand that employees become union members.
Federal law prohibits termination on the basis of union membership.
Connolly’s complaint requests that the National Labor Relations Board file a Section 10(j) injunction to restore his employment.