On July 25, 2019 a Disneyland stage technician filed federal unfair labor practice charges against the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 504 union and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts for illegally seizing union fees from his paycheck.
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys provided legal aid to the technician when the charges were filed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The employee exercised his rights under the Communications Workers of America v. Beck U.S. Supreme Court decision, which the Foundation won. This decision mandates that unions reduce compulsory fees charged to workers who withdraw from union membership so they are not compelled to fund certain political activities such as lobbying and political activism. Additionally, the Beck decision also requires union officials to provide nonmember workers an independently verified audit which justifies the amount of compulsory union fees.
Due to the fact that California is not a Right to Work state, private sector employees can be fired simply for refusing to pay union dues. However, union officials are obligated to charge as a condition of employment only the part of dues that the Beck decision allows for. Then they must follow the Beck procedures before seizing said union fees from workers who are not part of a union.
Mark Stacy is not a member of IATSE and he informed the union that he refuses to pay the lawfully nonchargeable part of his fees. He alleges in his charges filed with the NLRB Region 21 office that Disneyland has violated his rights under federal law, at IATSE officials’ behest, by continuing to take union fees from his paycheck without reducing the fees as Beck mandates.
In his charges, Stacey asserts that IATSE union agents have also never provided him with the financial disclosures Beck requires. On top of that, neither Disneyland nor IATSE are authorized to deduct dues from him because Stacey has not signed off on that. In turn, these deductions of union fees are illegal.
In recent years, other Disney employees have received legal aid from the Foundation to stop the illegal seizure of dues. Last June, Foundation staff attorneys were able to obtain a favorable NLRB ruling for several Walt Disney World employees who had their requests to reduce dues ignored by Florida Teamsters officials. Full dues were illegally deducted from their wages by Disney and then accepted by Teamsters agents in clear violation of federal law and Florida’s Right to Work law.
National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix declared that “The ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ can’t be very happy if its owners and union are violating federal law by ignoring worker rights when it comes to union dues and fees.”
He added, “Cases like this show why the workers of the Golden State deserve the protection of a Right to Work law to ensure that union membership and financial support are strictly voluntary.”
As the U.S. Elections Approaches, Thousands of Immigrants are Gaining U.S. Citizenship
America’s foreign voter base continues to grow ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
John Binder of Breitbart News noted that this is “adding a bloc of first-time foreign-born voters to the electorate.”
The last few months has seen delays in naturalization ceremonies thanks to the Wuhan virus pandemic. As of June, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency restarted ceremonies, with 2,000 immigrants being naturalized according to a report published by Camila DeChalus on June 10.
Other immigrants, who were expected to receive citizenship in 2020, are now pressing legal action against the federal government.
Prior to the crisis, USICS was naturalizing immigrants to the tune of 60,000 monthly.
Binder broke down the overall legal migration numbers:
Legal immigration levels — where 1.2 million immigrants secure Green Cards and nearly a million obtain naturalized citizenship annually — has driven up the nation’s foreign-born voting population to record levels.
The Breitbart writer highlighted another demographic trend that is taking place across America:
In February, Pew Research Center revealed that for the first time since 1970, one-in-ten U.S. voters will have been born outside the country in the 2020 election. High legal immigration levels have also ensured that Hispanic voters will replace black Americans as the largest voting minority for the first time in U.S. history.
According to research from The Atlantic, the New York Times, and Axios, Democrats tend to benefit from an increased foreign-born population.
Binder gave an overview about what these foreign voter numbers look like:
The Atlantic‘s Ronald Brownstein reveals nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average are won by Democrats. This means every congressional district with a foreign-born population exceeding 14 percent has a 90 percent chance of electing Democrats and only a ten percent chance of electing a Republican.
Exit polling data indicated that Trump won 49 percent of native-born Americans’ votes, whereas Clinton won 45 percent of the vote. As far as foreign voters were concerned, Clinton trounced Trump by raking in 64 percent of the immigrant vote, while Trump got only 31 percent.
At the moment, the Binder points out that the “U.S. is on track to import about 15 million new foreign-born voters in the next two decades due to existing legal immigration levels.”
Those 15 million new foreign-born voters include about eight million who will arrive through chain migration, where newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country.
The U.S. is undergoing a massive demographic transformation thanks to public policy.
In previous eras, migration waves would at least be contained by legislative pauses that allowed for assimilation.
But now, elites are content by keeping the illegal and legal migration gravy train going without any pause in sight.
Given immigrant voting trends, many freedoms such as the right to bear arms and free speech could be in jeopardy thanks to Democrats gaining a new voting bloc that will help them stay in power for a long time.
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