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President's Order Prompts Labor Board to Issue Guidelines on Objections to Use of Union Dues

By Roger P. Gilson Jr.
  • April 6, 2001

An Executive Order signed by President George W. Bush on February 17 has prompted the National Labor Relations Board to issue guidelines about employee rights to object to the use of union dues for political and other non-representational purposes. Among other things, the Executive Order directs federal contractors and their subcontractors to post a workplace notice informing employees who are covered by a union security clause about their rights under federal labor law to object to certain uses of union dues. Employees covered by union security clauses who have chosen not to become union members may object to the use of their union dues for activities unrelated "collective bargaining, contract administration, or grievance adjustments." In the notice, employees are instructed to contact the Labor Board for more information.

The guidelines cite the U. S. Supreme Court's ruling in Communication Workers of America v. Beck, 487 U.S. 735 (1988), that a union is obligated to "provide notice to nonmember employees of their Beck rights; to refrain from charging objectors for nonrepresentational expenses; to provide objectors with a financial disclosure; and to establish procedures for objectors to challenge the accuracy of the union's disclosure." Included in the guidelines is a series of typical questions and answers which Board agents may be asked by individuals inquiring about their Beck rights. For a copy of the NLRB guidelines and the Executive Order, visit the NLRB's website.

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