Maritas V. Int'l Union, Civil Action No. 14
Columbia, South Carolina (October 30, 2009) - A local employee of Wackenhut Services, Inc, a security service provider contracted with Fort Jackson, is fighting back against compulsory unionism after union officials illegally attempted to have him fired from his job for refusing to pay forced union dues. San Diego, CA (October 7, 2009) - National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation attorneys today filed federal unfair labor practice charges against local area unions for establishing a discriminatory, union-only construction scheme with the San Diego Unified School District.
In September 2008, Ronald I. Paul filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) challenging Wackenhut and International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) and its affiliated Local 339 union bosses after Wackenhut fired him in August 2008 for refraining from formal, dues paying union membership.
In the Foundation-won Communication Workers of America v. Beck (1988), the U.S. Supreme Court held that union officials can lawfully compel nonmembers to pay union dues as a job condition, but not the part of dues spent for non-bargaining activities like political activism, lobbying, and member-only events.
On appeal, the employees SPFPA Corruption claim that the district court erred in holding that the lawsuit was barred by the statute of limitations and in finding that they failed to establish a breach of contract by their employer or a breach of duty of fair representation by their union.
Union officials have also failed to provide them with an independently audited breakdown of union expenditures, which is required by law to ensure that workers are not being compelled to pay for objectionable activities. I was a Local President of one of their Local Unions in Denver Colorado in 1990.
United Government Security Officers of America (UGSOA) knows how to get along with real Unions. The postings and literature you see from SPFPA are not a surprise to us. In 2001, SPFPA wanted a "coalition" of all security unions. The independent security union called IUSP tried to merge last year and lost their entire treasury to SPFPA.