UPS Worker Wins Federal Settlement against Teamster Union for Ignoring Her Rights

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    UPS Worker Wins Federal Settlement against Teamster Union for Ignoring Her Rights Under Michigan's Right to Work Law - NRTW

    Teamster union officials stonewalled worker's attempts to refrain from dues payments

    With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a Traverse City UPS worker has won a federal settlement against a local Teamster union for violating her rights.

    Lisa Plamondon, a 30-year UPS employee, won the settlement from the Teamster Local 406 union after she filed charges against the union and her employer with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

    Because Michigan did not have a Right to Work law making union dues payments completely voluntary, Plamondon was a member of the union from 1983 until 1997. In 1997, Plamondon resigned her union membership, but still had to pay union dues and fees to keep her job.
  2. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Wow---that's bad. It could open up a big can of worms. And she got a free lawyer to boot.
  3. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    In Upstate NY if you opt out of the Union you still have to pay 99.44% of the monthly dues so what's the point .

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  4. AKupser

    AKupser Ice Queen (Elsa)

    Is NY a "Right to Work" state? Maybe that's the difference.
  5. bobbybrown

    bobbybrown New Member


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  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Not yet.

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  7. realbrown1

    realbrown1 Annoy a liberal today. Hit them with facts.

    She was a teamsters until '97.

    Hmmmm, I wonder what happened in '97 to cause her to resign her membership?
  8. 16tons

    16tons Member

    Michigan became RTW after the last elections, republicans did it before the new seats were filled.
    So guessing she won.... A few hundred dollars?!? Looking like an @ss must be priceless...
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    A few hundred dollars? If she resigned from the union in 1997, we are talking 17 years of dues and fees taken out without her consent. According to the article, she will receive a refund of all union fees illegally taken out plus interest, which I am guessing will be around $20K.
  10. 16tons

    16tons Member

    Why would union pay for dues previous to RTW? If she didn't like the fact it was a union job, she could have worked for mcdonalds.... No one forced her to work a union job.
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  11. BigBeef42

    BigBeef42 Active Member

    Theirs always someone looking for a lawsuit. Cash grabs are way too common in murica

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  12. Johney

    Johney Raise your hand if you think Upstate is a D-Bag

    Lawyers don't do things for free. I know it said "Free legal assistance" but come on.
    Which said lawyer will get a nice chunk.
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I did not apply here to satisfy a lifelong desire to become a Teamster; to be honest, I had no idea UPS hourlies had union representation. I applied here because I knew that it was a solid company which would fairly compensate me for my efforts. I also knew that it was a job which would allow me to help support my family (ex is an RN) and ensure our children would be able to go to college.
  14. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    And yet you never turned down one union bargained benefit I bet?
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I handed my Teamsters 75th anniversary license plate bracket back to our BA. Does that count?
  16. burrheadd

    burrheadd Superstar

    Nobody cares!

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  17. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    Agree! Unfortunately, so many don't understand that a union that has to EARN membership, is a union you ca trust.