The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation reports that a former employee of the New Hyde Park, NY Stop & Shop chain has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 464A union. The former employee, John Smith, reports that the union officials informed that he could only leave the union by quitting his job.
This false claim violates employee rights under federal law. The charge was filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), while the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation provided free legal aid to the former employee, John Smith.
Smith became a member of the UFCW in November 2018 once he gained employment at Stop & Shop due to his manager telling him that joining a union is a condition of employment at the store branch.
Additionally, Smith’s charge recounts how in 2019 he started asking UFCW officials how to resign from the union. According to Smith’s grievance, the first union agent whom he approached simply stated that he had to resign from his job in order to terminate his union membership.
Smith pressed on and asked to see a “union constitution.” He went to discuss with another union official about his membership status and was also told that his employment was contingent upon his membership in the union.
The former employee of Stop & Shop is asking the NLRB to file a complaint against the union for its violation of federal law. According to precedents established by the NLRB, union agents are obligated to inform employees of their right to withdraw from union membership. Additionally, NLRB precedents coming from the Supreme Court decision in CWA v. Beck —which the Foundation won— require union agents to advise workers of their right to pay reduced unions fees as a nonmember.
Other employees in the New York City area and across the nation have received Foundation legal aid to press charges against the UFCCW in recent months.
Two employees at Plattdeutsche Home Society retirement home in Franklin Square, NY— Beverley Pryce and Carolee Buckley— pressed unfair labor practice charges against UFCW Local 2013 in May because the union representatives failed to provide them with the legally-mandated financial analysis of the reduced fees that they are obligated to pay as nonmembers.
National Right to Work President Mark Mix commented on these events:
Once again UFCW union bosses have been caught violating the rights of the very workers they claim to represent.
Mix added, “The increasing number of charges bring into sharp focus the campaign of coercion and misinformation that UFCW officials are perpetrating against rank-and-file workers.”
Right to Work is one of the fastest growing movements in America.
With 27 Right to Work states in the country, Right to Work has demonstrated that right wing causes can gain tremendous traction in America.
This movement has played a key role in restoring the freedom of association that many Americans have been deprived of for the past 80 years.
UT Professor Gets Fired for Calling for the Deaths of Catholics
Last week an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin was fired last week for several inflammatory remarks he made on Twitter.
He called for Catholics to die and wanted the state of Israel to be destroyed.
Brandon Waltens of Texas Scorecard provided an update on the situation:
In a tweet, UT-Austin stated that Wells is no longer employed by the university. ‘Spencer Wells is no longer a faculty or advisory council member at UT,’ they wrote. ‘He previously had a courtesy, unpaid appointment as a part-time adjunct that did not involve teaching. That ended in May and was not renewed. We do not have any association with the views held by Mr. Wells.’
Young America’s Foundation initially reported on this case, The professor in question, Spencer Wells, was challenged by another Twitter user for his comments calling on Iran to bomb Israel. He then went on an unhinged rant.
After being questioned by a Twitter user if he was using sarcasm when encouraging Iran to bomb Israel, Spencer Wells responded: ‘Nope – I despise the Israelis. If you want to see the post-apocalyptic vision of what Apartheid in South Africa would have looked like in 2020, visit Israel. The Palestinians have suffered for far too long – bomb it until the sand turns to glass…’
In addition, Wells tweeted “F*** the Catholic Church” and an article outlining “10 Secrets the Catholic Church Hopes You’ve Forgotten,” with the hashtag #CatholicismMustDie.
Wells’ bio lists him as a geneticist, anthropologist, author, entrepreneur, adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and the owner of an iconic nightclub in Austin, Texas.
At the very least, the university was able to hold an unhinged faculty member accountable for his poisonous comments towards Catholics.
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