Missouri union chapter faces court over dues dispute

The National Labor Relations Board is taking a Missouri union chapter to court over allegations that it charged a worker illegal dues.

The announcement of the case, filed Monday, comes two weeks before voters are set to decide on the fate of mandatory union dues in Missouri with a vote over the state’s “right-to-work” law, which would prohibit mandatory dues.

The NLRB lodged a complaint against IBEW Local 53, a Kansas City chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The complaint alleges that the union illegally charged fees of a non-member, James Feagins.

Feagins has received free legal representation from the National Right to Work Foundation, which is aligned with the National Right to Work Committee, a contributor to the campaign to keep Missouri’s right-to-work law.

A representative for a group opposed to the law criticized the case as an attempt by an out-of-state entity to sway voters just before an election.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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