Arizona Fry’s Workers File Brief Challenging Obama NLRB “Recess Appointments”

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, several employees from Fry’s Food Stores locations in Arizona are challenging President Barack Obama’s recent purported recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Shirley Jones of Mesa, Karen Medley and Elaine Brown of Apache Junction, Kimberly Stewart and Saloomeh Hardy of Queen Creek, and Tommy and Janette Fuentes of Florence initially filed federal unfair labor practice charges against the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 99 union hierarchy and Fry’s management after union and company officials continued to seize union dues from their paychecks despite repeated requests to stop.

Because Arizona has a Right to Work law, workers cannot be required to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Upset by a UFCW Local 99 boss-initiated strike threat, the employees resigned union membership and revoked their dues deduction authorizations – used to automatically extract union dues from employee paychecks – during a time in which the union did not have a contract at their workplaces.

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