Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is facing trouble from one of its workers, who has sued the company and the United Automobile Workers (UAW). The employee seeks partial refund of his union dues. The employee is being provided free legal advice from National Right to Work Foundation (NRWF). Mark Mix, President of National Right to Work Foundation discussed the case on Fox Business, recently.
“We have got two tracks going, Michigan obviously is America’s 24th new Right to Work state, which means workers can’t be compelled to pay dues or fees as a condition of employment. Todd’s case though is a initiating one under an existing law because the UAW contract was grandfathered in prior to the enactment of the Right to Work law. So, what Todd is trying to do, he is going back to try to get the political money under the old precedent that said ou can still be forced to pay fees, but you can’t pay all the fees […],” Mix said.
The UAW has a contract with Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) till September 15, 2015, which allows it to deduct dues from employees’ salary directly hence a worker can’t cut all the ties with UAW till that time. Mix feels that workers now have a choice whether they want to follow the example set by this employee or not. He mentioned that UAW members who are under Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and GM contract will have the option to not pay any union dues under the Right to Work law, once their contract expires next year.
“We are in favor of workers’ choice. In the 24 Right to Work states there are vibrant union movements. I mean UAW doesn’t want to tell you that story, because they have been relying on compulsion for so many years and this government privilege to force workers to pay dues. Now, they have to provide services, they have to go out and sell a product to workers, we think that’s fair […],” Mix added.
As of June 30, 2014, David Tepper‘s Appaloosa Management LP owns 7.28 million Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)’s shares.