ON-Lion Letter
In response to charges filed by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF) in Springfield, Va., the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently filed a complaint that seeks nationwide remedies against steelworker union officials for violating employees' rights.

Under U.S. Supreme Court precedents secured by NRTWLDF, workers cannot be forced to pay dues for union activities unrelated to bargaining. After reviewing the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union's (USW's) annual objector policy, the NLRB general counsel issued a nationwide complaint to end the union’s onerous opt-out requirements.  The case will now be heard by an administrative law judge.

At Chemtura Corporation in Morgantown, W.Va., and Cequent Towing Products in Goshen, Ind., non-USW workers are forced to annually repeat their objection to union dues unrelated to workplace bargaining, whereas union members are not required to annually renew their union membership.  The NLRB is seeking to require USW bosses to rescind its annual opt-out requirements and post public notices informing workers across the country of their right to permanently withdraw financial support from union activities unrelated to collective bargaining.

"This Byzantine opt-out process is little more than a scheme to ensure more unwilling workers pay tribute to USW bosses," said NRTWLDF vice president Stefan Gleason.  "Union officials are only interested in making nonunion workers jump through bureaucratic hoops, particularly when forced-dues dollars are involved.  Until workers in West Virginia and Indiana have the protection of a Right to Work law that makes union membership and dues payment truly voluntary, these illegal schemes will persist."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports NRTWLDF.
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