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WIN: Michigan Truckers Win Court Battle Against Union Goons

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Last week, three Michigan truck drivers won a federal settlement against the Teamsters Local 20 union.

The dispute emerged when the union took dues and initiation fees from the truckers’ paychecks despite not joining the union in question.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation submitted unfair labor practice charges to the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of former employees at Syncreon America, Inc: Wendell Collins and Damani Mincey, and current employee Arthur Caple, according to a recent blog post.

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National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix said, “Foundation staff attorneys are committed to vigorously defending workers’ rights from Big Labor’s coercive practices, including in Right to Work states like Michigan.”

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He added, “Unfortunately, Michigan has become a battleground for worker freedoms as scofflaw union officials continually flout the Right to Work law and illegally subject independent-minded workers to forced union dues.”

These three employees chose to not join the Teamsters Local 20 union, an act that is protected by both Michigan state and federal law, which prohibit mandatory union membership.

Caples, Collins, and Mincey refused to pay dues to the Union. In 2012, Michigan passed a Right-to-Work law that prohibits unions from collecting mandatory dues.

However, Syncreon still collected union dues and handed them over to the Teamsters Local 20 union. The union kept the money, thus violating the law and the employee’s rights.

The complaint filed to the NLRB said that Teamster bosses falsely told Caple that joining a union and paying dues was a condition of being employed at Syncreon.

The settlement from the NLRB now mandates Syncreon and Teamsters Local 20 post notices about employees’ rights.

The notice states, “We will not threaten employees with loss of job bidding rights, loss of employment or diminishment of any other terms and conditions of employment because they refuse to join Local 20, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Union) and/or refuse to pay union membership dues.”

Right-to-Work has been one battle that the Right has been successful in waging across the nation.

Mandatory union membership goes against the principles of freedom of association. On top of that, unions serve as shock troops for the political Left.

This recent settlement is great news for Michigan right-wingers. Michigan was an important battleground state that Trump won in 2016. With union influence diminishing since 2012, the state will likely remain in play for the GOP.

When unions can no longer get away with their thuggery, the political playing field changes in a way that favors free-market ideas.

 

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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