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Recalcitrant Teamsters Union Faces New Federal Charges for Abuse of Anheuser Busch Workers
National Right to Work Foundation ^ | February 22, 2005 | News Release

Posted on 02/25/2005 2:09:18 PM PST by rightalien

Union officials thumb noses at NLRB settlement agreement, refuse to provide complete audited statement of union expenditures

Fairfield, Calif. (February 22, 2005) - A local employee of Anheuser Busch has filed a fourth round of federal charges against a recalcitrant Teamsters union Local for again violating the terms of a settlement agreement by failing to provide an audited statement detailing how workers’ forced union dues are spent.

Catherine Anderson, a part-time employee at Anheuser Busch’s Fairfield facility, filed the unfair labor practice charges at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys. Teamsters union local 896 officials have repeatedly committed unfair labor practices and have reneged on settlement agreements.

Union officials recently provided workers with a financial “statement” consisting of pages 10-13 of a larger report on the union’s expenditures. These fragments are a “schedule” of expenses claiming an unsubstantiated 96.06% of union dues money was spent on “collective bargaining” costs. This “schedule” does not provide any financial disclosure to justify the affiliation fees with the Teamsters International union and two Teamsters International union councils. Teamsters officials also continue to claim that 100% of union staff salary and overhead costs are chargeable to nonmembers, even though the disclosure shows resources were spent on non-chargeable activities. Anderson’s complaint challenges both claims.

As a result of earlier federal charges filed by Anderson and a co-worker in July 2003, September 2004, and October 2004, Teamsters union local 896 officials settled the cases with a requirement that they properly inform workers of their right to refrain from financially supporting the union’s political and ideological causes. Teamsters officials had also agreed to cease illegal threats to have workers fired for refusal to pay excessive initiation fees and agreed to provide workers refraining from formal union membership “a precise and accurate statement” about the calculation of the forced union dues they could be legally compelled to pay.

“This Teamsters union hierarchy wants workers simply to shut up and pay up,” said Stefan Gleason, Vice President of the National Right to Work Foundation. “The repeated attempts by union officials to run roughshod over workers’ rights show the inevitable greed and corruption that flow from forced unionism.”

The actions of Teamsters union officials violated worker protections recognized in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Communications Workers v. Beck, a case argued and won by Foundation attorneys. Under the Beck ruling, workers may not be compelled to pay dues beyond the union’s proven collective bargaining costs, and they are entitled to an independent audit of union expenditures before any forced dues or fees are seized. Union officials also violated Penrod v. NLRB, which requires local union officials to provide financial disclosure for affiliated unions.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: campaignfinance; laborunion; teamsters; unions

1 posted on 02/25/2005 2:09:22 PM PST by rightalien
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To: rightalien

I work in a distribution warehouse that is unionized by The Teamsters. It's $20 for union dues a week. I don't think many in the company have any clue where the money goes. They think retirement accounts or something else. That's what they tell were telling me when they are trying to recruit me. I refuse to join for many reasons. One being they are a big contributor of the Democratic Party, which I can't stand. I'm not against the concept of unions, I just don't understand the power trip they are on. You have no right to a job.


2 posted on 02/25/2005 2:26:18 PM PST by libertarianben (Looking for sanity and his hard to find cousin common sense)
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To: libertarianben

Well that is why you should be against unions. You explained it yourself. Besides being called for in the communist manifesto, that is.


3 posted on 02/25/2005 2:45:50 PM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: rightalien

bump


4 posted on 02/25/2005 3:01:27 PM PST by jonno (We are NOT a democracy - though we are democratic. We ARE a constitutional republic.)
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To: libertarianben
I live in non right to work state (closed shop). If you don't join the teamsters where I work the day you're hired. You have no job.

These dirty SOBs have strong armed $40 month out of me for 20 years. The only thing I ever see of the teamsters is request after request for more political action donations. Our business agent, local president and a national negotiator take about two weeks every 3 years to negotiate our contract. The dues that are taken from me pay mostly for democratic political donations and the bloated salaries of our corrupt union bosses. A clear majority of the people I work with are as conservative and Republican as you or I.

The unions don't care a damn about rank and file. You're a revenue generating cog for them, nothing else. I could give you example after example of this.

Don't ever join unless forced to. I'd decertify in a heartbeat. Why the teamsters can't be prosecuted under RICO statutes I'll never know. My only solace is that they loose membership and clout every year.
5 posted on 02/25/2005 5:58:53 PM PST by Tail Gunner John
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