Alcoa workers wonder who will protect them from their union

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Employees of Alcoa’s truck wheel manufacturing plant in Cleveland have filed unfair labor practice charges against their union with the National Labor Relations Board.

The employees claim the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) retaliated against them when they asked if they had the right to refrain from formal union membership. The IAM falsely replied that membership was mandatory and the Alcoa employees would lose their jobs if they were not union members.

IAM also cut overtime for employees who questioned them, forced them to attend union hearings to impose punishment and barred them from participation in the union while still collecting their dues.

Three related complaints were filed against IAM in March. 

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