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WORKER CHARGES BUS COMPANY WITH FIRING HIM FOR ASSERTING RIGHTS AGAINST FORCED UNIONISM

 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A Northridge employee charged a local bus company with firing him because he asserted his right not to pay for Teamsters union politics in charges filed today with a federal labor agency, according to the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
 Attorneys with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed the unfair labor practice charges at the Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of the employee, Pat Thomas.
 "The U.S. Supreme Court has guaranteed the right of employees not to pay for any of the union's non-bargaining activities," said Foundation Executive Vice President Rex H. Reed. "For asserting this right, Pat Thomas' employer gave in to Teamster-boss pressure and fired him. We're moving to clean up this lawlessness."
 In the charges, Foundation attorneys accuse Transit Contractors of firing Thomas from his bus driver's job on Oct. 22 because he refused to formally join Local 572 of the Teamsters union and insisted on paying only his share of the union's provable bargaining costs.
 Foundation attorneys won this right for employees forced to pay union dues under the National Labor Relations Act in 1988 when the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its landmark ruling in Communications Workers v. Beck.
 Under that Foundation-won decision, no employee can be forced to pay for union political activities such as phone banks, door-to-door canvasses and voter turnout drives. Employees in non-right to work states forced to pay union dues to keep their jobs can only be forced to pay for activities which the union may prove are related to "collective bargaining, contract administration or grievance adjustment."
 But when Thomas began working at Transit Contractors last month, he was told to become a "member in good standing" of the Teamsters and pay full membership dues. Foundation attorneys immediately filed unfair labor practice charges on Thomas' behalf against Local 572 and the employer challenging the "members only" dictate.
 Today, Foundation attorneys charged that Transit Contractors fired Thomas after he refused to stop telling his co-workers about their right not pay full dues for any non-bargaining activities. The attorneys charge that the company is illegally retaliating against Thomas for asserting his Beck rights, informing other employees of the High Court ruling, and for filing the earlier charges with the NLRB.
 The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by abuses of compulsory unionism. The Foundation is currently representing thousands of employees in nearly 400 cases nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Tim McConville or David Kendrick of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, 703-321-8510 or 800-336-3600/


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