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.
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.”
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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GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis Follows Democrat Orders, Locks Down Florida After Media Pressure Campaign
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide shelter order on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in response to the Wuhan Virus pandemic.
“I’m going to be doing an executive order today directing all Floridians to limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary,” he stated. “To obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.”
DeSantis’s order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and will last for 30 days.
If any “essential service” was missed in the initial executive order, the governor says it can be tacked on.
DeSantis claimed he consulted with the White House and had a conversation with President Donald Trump about the decision. He noted that the White House Wuhan Virus task force’s extended guidelines from Tuesday night shaped DeSantis’ decision, describing the president’s move a “national pause.”
“We’re going to be in this for another 30 days,” he declared. “At this point, even though there’s a lot of places in Florida that have very low infection rates, it makes sense to make this move now.”
DeSantis has taken advantage of this situation by pushing forward infrastructure programs. The Florida governor ordered that $2.1 billion in transportation projects be accelerated. These projects include the Howard Frankland bridge project in Tampa Bay.
Sadly, it appears that the Florida Governor has capitulated to Democrat demands to shut down the entire state, even though the Democrat cities infested with the disease are already on lock down. Thirteen left-wing members of Congress led by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz lead a media campaign by signing a letter to the governor earlier this week calling for him to issue the order.
The Wuhan Virus saga demonstrates the unforeseen costs of globalization, where basic civil liberties have to be suspended due to the problems that globalist policies cause.
Mass migration and free trade come with lots of hidden costs and increase the likelihood of generalized crises like the Wuhan Virus pandemic to occur.
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