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Sheila assumed it was a mistake and the money would be refunded. In part, because Sheila, like other thousands of other seasonal part time UPS workers, signed an agreement to pay the $500 Teamsters union initiation fee in $32.00 weekly installments. But UPS told her it wasn’t a mistake. A spokesperson for UPS told the I-Team, “Local 25 reversed this long standing practice by rescinding this policy.”
For the new hires, that meant the balance of the union initiation fees and dues would be deducted in one lump sum. For Sheila, that was $490.00- nearly her entire week’s pay.
According to employment attorney Sol Cohen, it is possible the union may have violated federal regulations. “I would hope the union would take a look at this policy and reverse it and allow employees to go back on a regular payment plan,” he said.
UPS says the union reinstated the payment plan after it collected all of the fees and dues. Because of the pending NLRB cases, the Teamsters had no comment.
originally posted by: projectvxn
a reply to: subfab
Some places union membership is mandatory.
This case is theft.
Unions are garbage.
originally posted by: CriticalStinker
a reply to: SprocketUK
Unions were an important development for the coal days when they paid you in company currency you had to use at the company store (where they jacked up prices on living essentials).
But I'd say regulation and worker rights reform have made most instances of unions obsolete.