Government Union Officials Sic Collection Agency on Unsuspecting Public Defender for Illegal Forced Dues

Worker unaware of union officials' so-called representation; case shows need for state Right to Work law

Albuquerque, NM (June 26, 2012) -- With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a public defender from the Alamogordo office of the New Mexico Public Defender Department has filed a charge against a local union for wrongfully charging her with failure to pay union dues for the past five years.

Union Officials Face Lawsuit for Keeping Teacher's Charitable Donations in Union Coffers
By Will Collins
Created 19 Jun 2012 - 2:19pm

Suffolk County, NY (June 18, 2012) -- With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a local teacher has filed a lawsuit in state supreme court against two unions for refusing to tell her what they did with union dues that were supposed to have been sent to charities.

In a major decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld workers' First Amendment rights and struck down a Service Employees International Union scheme aimed at spending nonunion California civil servants' hard-earned money on union politics.
The Knox decision concludes a prolonged legal challenge affecting some 36,000 California state employees.   It began when eight courageous civil servants filed a class-action lawsuit against the SEIU with the help of National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys.

Teamster Union Faces Federal Charge For Illegally Using Forced Dues for Politics

Union officials violate worker's rights; case shows need for state Right to Work law

Minneapolis, MN (June 11, 2012) -- With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a New Brighton Ford journeyman technician has filed a federal charge against a local Teamster union for violating his rights.
Union Bosses Set Forest Fire Captain's Religious Rights Ablaze
Union officials and state play God with firefighter's rights

San Francisco, CA (May 21, 2012) -- A California Department of Forestry fire captain has filed a religious discrimination charge against the California Department of Forestry Firefighters (CDFF) union for violating his statutory right to refrain from paying forced union dues to support a union hierarchy involved in activities he considers immoral.

MIX: Government employees' free speech on trial

Supreme Court challenge strikes at the root of Big Labor's political clout

Public Employees' freedom form compelled speech safeguards were set forth by the Supreme Court in 1986 in the Hudson decision [Teachers Local No. 1 v. Hudson, 475 U.S. 292 (1986)]. These safeguards include advance reduction; that is, if an employee objects to the use of his money for purposes other than collective bargaining, the union is supposed to collect from him only the amount that the union concedes goes towards collective bargaining costs, and not collect full dues and then later give the employee a rebate.

In 2005, the California State Employees Association (CSEA) union, a local affiliate of the SEIU, imposed a "special assessment" on every civil servants in its bargaining unit to pay for a campaign to defeat several California ballot initiatives. CSEA officials collected money from all employees to pay for union political activism, including those who were not union members.

Right to Work President Mark Mix explains why President Obama's recent recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board are unconstitutional.