Michigan Security Guards Across Western Michigan File Petition for Vote to Undo Union Bosses’ Forced Dues Powers

Worker effort prompted by Michigan Legislature’s Right to Work repeal, which subjects workers to pay-up-or-be-fired threats from UGSOA union

Security guards from government buildings across Western Michigan are backing a petition to stop union officials of the United Government Security Officers of America (UGSOA) from demanding dues from them as a condition of employment. James Reamsma, a security guard whose posts include The Law Building and the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building in Grand Rapids, submitted the petition to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with free legal aid from the National Right to Work Foundation. […]

“UGSOA union officials have threatened to have everyone who does not join the union fired. Many of us are retired police officers, or military, working part time, supplementing our income by providing security for government buildings across Michigan,” Reamsma commented. “When Right to Work was in place, guards were never forced to join the union. Now part time guards are expected to pay the same high dues as full time guards and all guards must join or lose our jobs. We are thankful for the help of the National Right to Work Foundation for their assistance in navigating this complex process.” […]

“Within weeks of Michigan’s Right to Work repeal, we are already seeing the harm Big Labor’s coercive policy agenda inflicts on rank-and-file workers,” commented National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix. “Mr. Reamsma and his colleagues, who will be providing security to Western Michigan’s government buildings during what is likely to be another turbulent election year, don’t deserve to be forced into financially supporting a union they disapprove of, nor does any Michigan private sector employee.

“While union boss powers have greatly expanded since the Right to Work repeal, workers still have some rights to resist union boss coercion, and Foundation attorneys stand ready to help them learn about and defend their rights,” Mix added.


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

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