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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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Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse

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Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.

The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer,  posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail. 

In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”

This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.

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Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”

She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”

The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”

Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”

Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”

At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.

It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks. 

Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?

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