Union-dues double standard

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Dues opt-out requires annual renewal

Two union members who dislike the way the United Steelworkers handles union dues are complaining to the National Labor Relations Board. Chemtura Corp. employees David Yost and Ronald Echegary can opt out of paying partial dues for things like political activism and organizing.

But once a year, they must renew their objections and insist their dues go only for bargaining. They say that's a discriminatory practice because there's no similar requirement for people who are willing to pay in full.

The Virginia-based Right to Work Foundation, an anti-union group, filed the charges last week.

The USW said Monday it believes its policy is legal and supported by case law.


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