#1 Labor union sues Indiana, calls working alongside nonunion employees ‘slavery’04-23-2012, 12:51 AM
Labor union sues Indiana, calls working alongside nonunion employees ‘slavery’
In a lawsuit against three Indiana government officials, a labor union alleged on Wednesday that its constitutional rights under the Thirteenth Amendment — which outlawed “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” — are violated whenever its members are forced to work alongside nonunion employees.
The International Union of Operating Engineers, whose members work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and construction surveyors, sued Indiana’s governor, attorney general, and labor commissioner in February, alleging that the state’s “right to work” law is unconstitutional.
Indiana’s law prohibits employers from making union membership a condition of getting or keeping a job. The union’s February lawsuit claimed the law violated its members’ Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of “equal protection” under the law.
But an amended complaint filed on Wednesday added a Thirteenth Amendment claim as well. The new lawsuit suggests that when nonunion employees earn higher salaries and better benefits because of the union’s negotiation on behalf of its members, the union has been forced to work for those nonunion employees for free.
And being forced to work without compensation, the union suggested in its revised lawsuit, is slavery.
“In this case, the Defendants have exacted compulsory service and/or involuntary servitude from the Union through the combination of the passage of the Right to Work law and the existing federal requirement of the duty of fair representation,” the amended complaint reads.
“Through these laws, the Union is compelled to furnish services to all persons in bargaining units that it represents, but it may not require payment for those services because of the Right to Work law. The statute also requires dues-paying union members to work alongside non-union personnel, and that is compulsory service and/or involuntary servitude within the meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment.”
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04-23-2012, 12:55 AM
This is incredible. So, working in a job and collecting a paycheck not to mention benefits, vacation, sick days, personal days, overtime, among other things is considered slavery because you might have to work along side people who do not want to belong to a union? I'll wait patiently for Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to reprimand this union for trivializing slavery.The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
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04-23-2012, 02:42 PM
Just pay the nonunion employees a penny more an hour than the union employees. You can't bitch when being in the union means you make less. Problem solved.Be Not Afraid.
04-23-2012, 04:08 PM
I had a coworker opt out of the union a few years ago. She got fired in 2010, although the process took several months because the union continued to represent her, even though she no longer paid dues and wasn't a member.
I'll bet if she had paid her dues, they would have fought for her harder. Then again, my former boss, who is the one that fired her, told me that during her final hearing, all she did was yell and scream at the poor bastard that the union sent to represent her. Plus, the employer had a pretty iron-clad case against her fraudulent ass.
I'm writing a novel about this particular ex-coworker. I just hope she doesn't recognize herself and sue me. Luckily, she's not really the reading type. She considers "The Shack" to be theology.
04-23-2012, 04:22 PM
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
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04-23-2012, 04:58 PM
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