Union Member Fined $300K Just for Finding Work!

-By Warner Todd Huston

The lesson: if you are a union member, better to sit on your rear-end and do nothing than find gainful employment.

A poor Chicago-area carpenter who was sick and tired of waiting for his useless union to find him work struck out on his own and got a job with a non-union shop. Big mistake. Once the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters found out they tried to fine him $300,900 for having the gall to find work on his own.

Carpenter Nathaniel Musser is not sitting around and taking this outrageous treatment handed him by the feckless union, either. He’s filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the union with the National Labor Relations Board which will come up in mid-August.

If were Mr. Musser, though, I would not hold my breath that Obama’s union-sold NLRB will side with the poor, put upon worker here. This is the same regulatory board that extra-constitutionally decided that it had to power to prevent Boeing from opening up a new plant in any U.S. state it wanted to merely because the NLRB thought a few union jobs in Washington State might be at risk.

Mr. Musser is a member of the union but the union was offering him no work, so in 2009 he worked for a while with a non-union company. Th union then tried to fine the young man $300,900. Musser appealed the decision and the fine was lowered to a much easier to pay amount… a mere $200,850!

In explanation, Musser says that the union has a policy that members cannot resign from the union and he would have quit to work in a non-union shop if there was a way to do so.

Isn’t that just like the un-American unions? How is it possible in America that once you join an organization there isn’t a way to quit it? How the heck is that Constitutionally justified? What legal or moral compulsion makes you part of the union from the day you join until the day you die?

I hope Mr. Musser wins his case, but with Obama’s union bought and paid for presidency it isn’t likely.

(HT LaborUnionReport.com)


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  • The first option is for him to have resigned from the union. Of course he can legally do this but he then loses the option of getting future union job assignments and benefits. However, he must quit the union BEFORE violating the union rules, not after, He can't work non-union and remain in the union at the same time.

    Any union can make its own rules and these rules apply to all members. So long as you're a member you're subject to the rules.

    The union cannot require you to remain in the union. You can always quit under labor law.

    So the question that need to be asked: Did Musser quit the union before or after he started working non-union?

    If he tried to remain a union member and still work non-union he is subject to the rules and regulation of the organization he belongs to and they can fine him for violating the rules.

    If he resigned prior to taking the non-union job he is free.

    There are many examples of people who want to retain their union benefits but violate the rules just to work for pay. In doing this they cause serious harm to the remaining union members and should be disciplined for doing so.

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