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Monday, December 24, 2018

Seasonal UPS Workers Had Almost Entire Paychecks Handed Over To Teamsters Labor Union

By Cheryl Fiandaca
Boston CBS Local

BOSTON (CBS) – Sheila O’Malley of Charlestown couldn’t believe it when she opened her paycheck from her seasonal job at UPS.

“I was shocked,” she told the I-Team.

She worked 41 hours that week, many of them during the overnight, and ended up with just $14.52.

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.

“I cried and tried to plead my case with them. But there was no wiggle room. He [union representative] said ‘You’re a part of the union now and you won’t have to worry about that coming out of your check,’” she said.

Read more at CBS Boston.

Map of Right to Work and Forced Unionization States

In forced union states, intrusive state laws lobbied for by unscrupulous labor unions coerce workers to join unions–– and pay their extravagant dues–– if they want to work in a given company or industry. These laws are predatory and parasitical at the same time and very un-American.

Source: National Right to Work Foundation

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