Right To Work Group Protests NLRB Ruling

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has accused the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) of contradicting several US Supreme Court rulings by setting a new nationwide rule that allows union officials to force employees to pay for union organizing drives as a condition of employment.

At issue is an NLRB ruling, allowing the Meijer grocery store company that National Right To Work claims forces the company's 7.8 million American employees to work in compulsory union shops and to pay union organizing expenses or face losing their jobs.

The NLRB decided against Meijer employees Phillip Mulder, Charles Buck and Leon Gibbons who filed the case against the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union in Michigan.

Stefan Gleason, vice president of the National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation said in Washington Thursday, "The Clinton NLRB today thumbed its nose at the Supreme Court, worker freedom and the rule of law. The Clinton NLRB has turned its back on America's working men and women, who will now be fired if they decline to finance Big Labor's empire building."

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation cited as precedent, the Supreme Court's 1988 ruling in the Communication Workers versus Beck, where the court ruled that employees may not be forced to pay for union political activities and other activities unrelated to collective bargaining, contract negotiation, or grievance adjustment.

The foundation also cited the high court's decision in the Ellis versus Railway Clerks and Lehnert versus Ferris Faculty Association cases. The high court determined in those cases that union organizing expenses were clearly unrelated to collective bargaining and thus non-union employees couldn't be forced to support such organizing expenses.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is preparing to appeal the case in Federal District Court in Washington.