Users' questions

Can I sue my union for not helping me?

Can I sue my union for not helping me?

Your union must represent employees without discrimination and with good faith, even if the employees aren’t union members. You may be able to sue your union for lack of representation if its choice to stop pursuing your grievance was made in bad faith or in an arbitrary of discriminatory way.

Can I sue my union?

A labor union is an organization that represents its members’ collective interests. According to the National Labor Relations Act, every employee has the right to join a union. Members can sue the union for misrepresentation if they believe that it failed to fulfill its legal duty of fair representation.

Is it illegal to discourage unions?

It is unlawful to discourage (or encourage) union activities or sympathies “by discrimination in regard to hire or tenure of employment or any term or condition of employment.” For example, employers may not discharge, lay off, or discipline employees, or refuse to hire job applicants, because they are pro-union.

Can I sue my union for failure to represent?

Your claim will be against the union for breaching its duty of fair representation. However, you can also bring a claim against your employer for your original grievance if the reason you did not get a satisfactory remedy was because of the union’s failure to fairly represent you.

Can a person Sue a labor union for discrimination?

If your labor union has discriminated against you on the basis of your race, religion, sex, age, or disability, you can sue the labor union for discrimination. However, you must first file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws in the employment context.

Can a credit union sue out of State?

A local credit union may not be as likely to sue you out of state. But that is not to say it cannot happen. They could sell the debt to a bad debt purchaser, and many of those companies will sue in whatever state you live in. You can often settle the deficiency balance after they auction it, and for a discount.

What to do if your union sues you?

You may need to oppose any summary judgment motions filed by the union, should they attempt to have the case dismissed. Or, you may be offered a settlement; do not accept without your lawyer’s approval in any circumstances. If your case proceeds to trial, a judge will hear the details.

What happens if you sue a Union for misrepresentation?

Assuming the union doesn’t immediately offer you a settlement, they will likely file a motion to dismiss, which will eventually lead to an official hearing of evidence in the courts.

Can a credit union Sue you in Florida?

They can sue you in Florida. If they get a judgment they can try to garnish, but you have some protections in Florida. They may be able to get to the lien on property in New York, but would likely need to have a basis to domesticate the judgment there first. Talk to an experienced debt collection defense attorney in New York about this.

Are there any states that do not allow unions?

For public sector workers, Governor Scott Walker’s reforms in Wisconsin point the way forward. Once state employees were no longer required to maintain union membership to keep their jobs, they left public sector unions in droves. Currently, 24 states do not allow public employees to de-authorize their unions.

Can a company help a worker get rid of a union?

Workers who want to rid themselves of a union are completely on their own. Obviously the union will not help them and the company is forbidden to help by law. The company cannot even let the workers so much as use a copier for the petitions, which would be considered “aiding” the de-authorization effort.

Can a public employee de-authorize a union?

Currently, 24 states do not allow public employees to de-authorize their unions. Governors and legislators in those states now have an opportunity to revamp their labor laws for state and municipal workers to give them a real choice.