Mr. John Operations employee David Keen and his coworkers have overwhelmingly voted to free themselves from unwanted union monopoly “representation.” After the employees filed a request for a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decertification election to end the union’s monopoly bargaining powers over workers at three locations of Mr. John Operations, a division of Russell Reid Waste Hauling and Disposal, the workers voted 30-10 to remove Teamsters Local 560.

Mr. Keen received free legal assistance from National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys in filing the workers’ petition on January 14th for a vote to oust union officials. The petition was signed by a majority of employees who work for Mr. John Operations, which triggered an NLRB-supervised mail-ballot “decertification” election for workers at the company’s locations in Jackson, New Jersey, Depford, New Jersey and Lindenhurst, New York.

Ballots were sent to workers on February 15, with ballots due back to the NLRB Region 22 based in Newark by March 8. The NLRB tallied the votes on March 21 and determined that a strong majority opposed Teamsters union officials’ so-called “representation.”

Three ballots were challenged during the NLRB count. However, those are not enough to impact the result. When the results are officially certified, Teamsters union officials will formally be stripped of their power to impose monopoly union “representation” on workers in the three workplaces.

“We had our fingers crossed and are finally glad to be free from Teamsters union,” Mr. Keen said. “This victory couldn’t have been done without the support of our attorneys at the National Right to Work Foundation.”

This is the latest in a series of successful worker efforts to oust unwanted union officials aided by National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys. In just the past few weeks, Foundation staff attorneys aided Penske Truck Leasing employees in Bloomington, Indiana, with filing their decertification petition, after which the union walked away; and they successfully defended Kansas City, Missouri hospital workers against an SEIU union attempt to overturn their vote to remove the union in their hospital.

The Foundation has also fought to break down union boss-created legal barriers to unseating unwanted union officials. In 2020, following detailed formal comments submitted by Foundation attorneys, the NLRB adopted rules eviscerating union bosses’ ability to stop a decertification effort with “blocking charges,” i.e., accusations made against an employer that are often unverified and have no connection to workers’ desire to kick out unwanted union officials.

“The Foundation is pleased to have helped the workers at Mr. John’s exercise their right to dispose of a union they clearly want nothing to do with,” commented National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix. “Foundation staff attorneys will continue to assist workers in challenging union boss monopoly power until the day when no worker in America is stuck in union ranks they oppose.”

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses. The Foundation, which can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-336-3600, assists thousands of employees in around 250 cases nationwide per year.

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