Employers Properly Pay Union Dues for Employees

February 1970
Labor Law Journal;Feb70, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p123
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the decision of the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over a labor case involving the Eastern Missouri Contractors' Association. Employer payment of union membership dues and fees, for themselves or their employees, did not result in unlawful assistance to the two union locals involved, the NLRB has held. Nor was the acceptance of either type of payment by the locals unlawful. The employers, who were small building contractors, apparently considered their union memberships necessary to stay in business. Union testimony indicated the locals did not need the payments to survive. And there was no evidence that the unions did not represent an uncoerced majority of the employees involved. Accordingly, the trial examiner had concluded, there was no indication that the payments were of the type that threatened the locals' independence.


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