Posts tagged contract bar
Northwestern Pennsylvania Metal Employees Finally Free from “Representation” of Unpopular Steelworkers Union Bosses
January 31, 2023 // With free legal aid from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Kerry Hunsberger and her coworkers at Latrobe Specialty Metals Company have successfully freed themselves from the unwanted “representation” of United Steelworkers (USW) union officials. Hunsberger and her coworkers voted to remove USW officials from their facility in December, following USW officials’ claim that no vote should occur because union officials secretly “ratified” a union contract that workers had overwhelmingly voted down twice. USW officials outrageously argued before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that their covert signing of a tentative contract triggered a non-statutory policy known as the “contract bar” that prevented Hunsberger and her coworkers from voting the union out. However, Hunsberger’s Foundation-provided attorneys successfully defeated this union maneuver in November, which cleared the way for the vote to proceed. The “contract bar” is a non-statutory NLRB policy that arbitrarily immunizes unions from being “decertified” for up to three years after union officials and management conclude a contract.
Austin Minnesota Mayo Clinic Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to End Forced Union Dues Requirement
December 19, 2022 // 49-17 Labor Board deauthorization vote comes as nurses wait for window to hold vote to finally remove unwanted Steelworkers union boss “representation” A group of nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Minnesota, overwhelmingly voted to “deauthorize” United Steelworkers (USW) Local 11-00578 union in their workplace. The workers filed the deauthorization petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 18 with free legal representation from National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys.
Opinion: Workers have almost no say over what union bosses do — even their votes don’t count
December 6, 2022 // Unfortunately, as a practical matter, federal law prohibits unionized workers who are dissatisfied with how an “exclusive union bargaining agent” is handling their careers from decertifying it except for a small fraction of the time. For example, under the so-called “contract bar,” once a multiyear union contract is ratified, decertification efforts are forbidden for up to three years, except during a 30-day window beginning 90 days before the contract expires.
NLRB Rejects USW Union Boss Attempt to Impose Contract Workers Voted Down to Block Election to Remove Union
November 30, 2022 // Steelworkers union officials attempted to wield anti-worker “contract bar” to trap workers in union they oppose, using union contract workers twice rejected With free legal aid from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Kerry Hunsberger and her coworkers at Latrobe Specialty Metals Company have scored a victory in their effort to vote United Steelworkers (USW) union officials out of their facility. Hunsberger and her coworkers are challenging USW officials’ secret “ratification” of a union contract that workers had overwhelmingly voted down twice, and union officials’ contention that the employees should be barred from exercising their right to oust the union because of that contract. A decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director in Pittsburgh now orders a union “decertification election” to be held among Hunsberger and her colleagues on December 6. In August, Hunsberger submitted to the NLRB a petition backed by the requisite number of her colleagues to trigger such a vote, but USW union bosses dragged their feet and argued that a non-statutory NLRB policy, the so-called “contract bar,” should block the employees’ right to vote because a contract was in place.
Some Starbucks Workers Want To Decertify Their Union. Here’s Why They Can’t.
October 21, 2022 // Starbucks workers in Oklahoma have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote to decertify Starbucks Workers United The union was voted in earlier in the summer Even if 100% of the employees want to decertify the union, due to the NLRB’s ‘Election Bar’ rules, the NLRB is very likely going to dismiss the workers’ petition
Burlington Gold Bond Building Products Employees Decisively Vote Out Steelworkers Union Bosses
October 19, 2022 // Vote to remove union comes as Pennsylvania employees fight legal battle against Steelworkers officials who trapped them under union power and disregarded votes
Healthcare Workers at Cuyuna Hospital Successfully Petition for Votes to Remove Union
September 22, 2022 // After miscounting the signatures, the NLRB Regional Director cited the “contract bar” as a reason for dismissing the petition. Had the Region not ultimately reversed itself, that erroneous decision could have blocked a decertification vote for three more years because of the contract bar.
Selbyville Mountaire plant votes out last union
March 18, 2022 // Less than four months after voting out its largest union, the employees of the Mountaire poultry processing plant have voted out the local Teamsters union as well, making the plant union-free for the first time in decades.
Poultry plant workers in Delaware vote to oust labor union
December 17, 2021 // Workers at a Mountaire Farms poultry processing plant in southern Delaware have voted to decertify the labor union that has been representing them, the company said Friday.