On May 1, 2020, a Las Vegas security guard is filing charges against the International Union of Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) for seizing union dues from him and his coworkers in violation of their labor rights. His charge was filed at Region 28 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is located in Phoenix, with free legal counsel from National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys.
According to the guard Justin Stephens’ charge against SPFPA, union bosses extended the monopoly bargaining contract with Stephens’ employer, North American Security, on January 31, 2020. The extension occurred one day after Stephens and his fellow employees sent letters to the union stating that they no longer wanted it as a bargaining agent in their workplace.
The charge detailed that Stephens subsequently sent a number of letters to SPFPA officials in which he and his employees attempted to assert their rights to resign union membership and keep dues from being deducted from their paychecks. The aforementioned letters were sent right before the previous contract between North American Security and the SPFPA were expected to expire, on March 31, within the time period that employees could stop paying dues. Due to the fact that Nevada implemented Right to Work protections for its employees, union bosses are prevented from mandating any employees to join or pay dues to a union as a condition of employment.
The charge alleges that the union “did not acknowledge the timely revocation the employees made on the anniversary” of the contract, due to how the union officials’ hurried contract extension got rid of any opportunity the employees had to stop the collection of union dues in anticipation of the contract’s expiration date of March 31.
SPFPA bosses are still collecting full union dues “from all non-member bargaining unit employees” in violation of their right under the National Labor Relations Act to abstain from all union activities and support, according to the charge. The charge also demands the sudden extension of the monopoly bargaining contract after the workers informed the union about their opposition “an apparent attempt to avoid a decertification” vote to kick out the union.
“It is beyond outrageous that SPFPA bosses believe they can play deceptive games with the workers they claim to represent, pretending to care about the employees’ input only to turn around and violate their individual rights,” remarked National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix. “These SPFPA union bosses have demonstrated that they care far more about their ability to illegally extort forced dues from those employees than respect their rights not to fund a union of which they disapprove and to free choice of a workplace representative.”
“This case demonstrates why it is time for the NLRB to eliminate non-statutory policies that let union bosses block employees’ right to vote out a union,” Mix continued. “Here the union bosses’ rush to agree to a contract appears to be motivated entirely by their desire to trap workers in dues payments and union control despite overwhelming opposition to the union.”