The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the Pittsburgh Athletic Association to forward union dues it collected from its employees to UNITE HERE Local 57, the union that represents club workers. The union’s NLRB complaint alleged that the club stopped remitting the dues in November 2012.
To make its case, the union asked for monthly payroll summaries for each employee, monthly bargaining unit lists and year-end summaries for all bargaining unit employees for 2011, 2012 and 2013. The club failed to provide them.
That prompted the union to ask the NLRB for a default judgment, which it granted. The board found the club guilty of an unfair labor practice in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
The board’s order requires the club to remit the union dues plus interest and all requested documentation as well.
Note: Withholding union dues may seem like a good move if money is tight, but it leads to trouble and higher costs down the line. Union dues should be as sacrosanct as taxes and other payroll deductions.