Busted: Kroger Worker’s Card Illegally Altered to ‘Authorize’ Forced Dues

Kroger employee Jessica Haefner clearly exercised her rights under Texas’ Right to Work law – Foundation attorneys will get to the bottom of who faked her consent to UFCW dues deductions and restore her rights.

Supermarket clerk Jessica Haefner began her job at a suburban Houston Kroger store in August 2022. She attended a mandatory meeting for new employees run by United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local union agents. Despite the union’s hard-sell at the meeting, she knew her rights under Texas’ Right to Work law: Union bosses couldn’t force her to pay any dues or fees to the union to keep her job.

During the meeting, Haefner followed a union representative’s instructions to indicate on a union form that she did not want to be a part of the union or pay dues or fees. But she was shocked to discover just weeks later not only that union dues were coming out of her paycheck, but also that the union form she was required to sign had been altered to indicate she consented to those deductions.

Haefner, with free legal representation from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, slammed UFCW officials and Kroger with federal charges at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The charges state that UFCW bosses’ and Kroger’s actions violate her rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which guarantees American private sector workers’ right to abstain from any and all union activities.

“I was lied to . . . and my rights were not only violated as an employee but as an American citizen,” said Haefner.


All contents from this article were originally published on the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation Website.

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