NJ Union Goes Medieval: Union Bosses used Secretive and Self-Interested Methods to Bully Employees

A woman in armor is standing up with her head turned to the side.

Wanting to vote unwanted union officials out, Artemisia Morley and employees of a New Jersey Medieval Times petitioned for a union decertification election. But a local National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) region quickly dismissed their petition without any hearing and without citing any evidence. The attempt of employees to hold an election to prove that the union does not have majority support was thwarted.  Now, the employees hope their request for the NLRB in Washington, D.C. to review this situation will revive their decertification election, allowing them to vote the union out.

New Jersey lacks Right to Work protections for its private sector workers, and union officials have the power to force Morley and her coworkers to pay union fees as a condition of keeping their jobs

“Aided by regional NLRB officials, AGVA union officials seem determined to send the individual rights of Medieval Times workers back to the Dark Ages,†commented National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix. “NLRB election rules clearly forbid union officials from using completely unproven charges of employer misconduct to derail workers’ ability to have a vote on whether they want continued union representation.â€

“Federal labor law is supposed to protect the fundamental right of workers to freely decide who will speak for them in workplace matters, and Foundation staff attorneys will fight for Morley and her coworkers as [union] bosses try to turn this commonsense principle on its head,†Mix added.

The NLRB is supposed to protect employee rights. These employees shouldn’t have to start looking for a Robin Hood to fight the union. Fortunately, these actors did not need to seek the Sherwood Forrest avenger because they are receiving free legal representation from National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys.

For more information, visit the National Right to Work Foundation’s website.