Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teamsters Violating Laws, Group Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teamsters Violating Laws, Group Says

Article excerpt

An independent legal defense foundation says it will jump

into the bitter United Parcel Service strike today by filing

unfair labor charges against the Teamsters union and its top

official in Jacksonville.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation said

yesterday that Local 512 President Ronnie Greene is violating

federal labor laws by trying to coerce union members from

crossing the picket line.

The Teamsters union has threatened to fine members who cross

the picket line, but members can avoid the fine by quitting the

union. But in a story published in The Florida Times-Union

yesterday, Greene said Teamsters members had to give a 45-day

notice before resigning.

The legal defense foundation said Greene's statement is false

because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1985 union members can

resign their membership at any time.

"It was brought to our attention that Ronnie Greene was lying

to members when he said it would take 45 days to resign," said

John Scully, an attorney at the legal defense foundation's

headquarters in Springfield, Va. "It's unlawful for him to say

that."

Copies of the charges are being sent to the National Labor

Relations Board in Jacksonville, International Brotherhood of

Teamsters President Ron Carey in Washington and Greene.

Yesterday, Greene reiterated the 45-day notice requirement is

written on each member's union card. …

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