The United Steelworkers have dropped disciplinary action against four former members who defied the union’s three-month strike at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Akron this summer.
The workers said they crossed the picket line to support their families. The union responded by threatening to fine them $620 and continuing to charge them dues after they quit the union. Union members also harassed the workers with bullhorns outside their homes.
To settle a National Labor Relations Board complaint, the union agreed to drop the disciplinary action, erase records of it and post an anti-harassment statement. The National Right to Work Foundation, an organization that opposes compulsory union membership, represented the workers.