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New York Employees Stand Up to Union Officials False Claims About Forced-Union Dues

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation

Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.

Under The Background Check Expansion Act,  gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House

“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.

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According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.

Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms. 

Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.

Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race. 

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