Majority of Austin, MN, Mayo Clinic Medical Assistants, Care Specialists Request Vote to Remove Steelworkers Union

Last December, a majority of Mayo Clinic workers successfully voted to strip United Steelworkers (USW) union officials of power to compel dues payments

A patient care specialist at the Mayo Clinic location in Austin, MN, has just submitted to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) a petition backed by her colleagues seeking a vote to remove United Steelworkers (USW) Local 11-005 union officials from power at their facility. The patient care specialist, Erin Krulish, filed the petition with free legal aid from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

The NLRB is the federal agency responsible for enforcing federal labor law, which includes administering elections to install (or “certify”) and remove (or “decertify”) unions. Under NLRB rules, a union decertification petition must contain the signatures of at least 30% of the employees at a workplace to trigger a decertification election. Krulish’s petition contains signatures from a majority of her work unit, which includes licensed practical nurses (LPNs), medical assistants, and patient care specialists. […]

“Employees at Mayo Clinic Austin clearly don’t wish to associate with Steelworkers union officials, and twice now Ms. Krulish and her coworkers have mustered the majority showing necessary to revoke coercive powers from the union,” commented National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix. “While we’re proud to support her and her dedicated colleagues, the situation shows the kind of pro-union boss restraints that workers are under not just in non-Right to Work states, but across the country.”

“Workers should not be arbitrarily blocked for years from exercising their right to vote out unwanted union officials, nor should they need to seek a workplace-wide vote just to ensure their hard-earned money isn’t going to an organization they don’t approve of,” Mix added.


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

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