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ANTI-UNION LETTER #2
NEWS!NEWS!NEWS!
Office Depot "legal team" Does Not Understand Alabama State Law
Many of us have recieved a letter from management stating that the union can fine you. This letter is misleading in many ways. First, it quotes a passage from a union's constitution; however that union is not the union with which we are organizing. Yes, the union that is quoted (UFCW) did merge with ours (RWDSU), but both unions are operated independent of each other. The RWDSU does not fine anyone. Even if the union did fine you they would have no authority to collect because Alabama state law prevents them. This is what the law says:
ALABAMA
Ala. Code § 25-7-30 to 25-7-35
Article 2.
RIGHT TO WORK.
§ 25-7-30. Declaration of policy.
It is hereby declared to be the public policy of Alabama that the right of persons to work shall not be denied or abridged on account of membership or nonmembership in any labor union or labor organization. (Enacted August 28, 1953.)
§ 25.7-31. Agreement or combination to deny right to work on account of membership or nonmembership in labor union, etc., prohibited.
Any agreement or combination between any employer and any labor union or labor organization whereby persons not members of such union or organizations hall be denied the right to work for said employer, or whereby such membership is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or whereby any such union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any enterprise, is hereby declared to be against public policy and an illegal combination or conspiracy. (Enacted August 28, 1953.)
§ 25-7-32. Employers not to require union membership as condition of employment, etc.
No person shall be required by an employer to become or remain a member of any labor union or labor organization as a condition of employment or continuation of employ- ment. (Enacted August 28, 1953.)
§ 25-7-33. Employers not to require abstention from union membership as condition of employment, etc.
No person shall be required by an employer to abstain or refrain from membership in any labor union or labor organization as a condition of employment or continuation of employment. (Enacted August 28, 1953.)
§ 25-7-34. Employer not to require payment of union dues, etc., as condition of employment, etc.
No employer shall require any person, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, to pay any dues, fees or other charges of any kind to any labor union or labor organization. (Enacted August 28, 1953.)
§ 25-7-35. Right of action for damages for denial of employment in violation of provisions of article.
Any person who may be denied employment or be deprived of continuation of his employment in violation of sections 25-7-32, 25-7-33 or 25-7-34 or of one or more of such sections, shall be entitled to recover from such employer and from any other person, firm, corporation or association acting in concert with him by appropriate action in the courts of this state such damages as he may have sustained by reason of such denial or deprivation of employment. (Enacted August 28, 1953.)
Now it is up to you to decide- Why is Office Depot trying to mislead us?