sounds like business as usual (or at least what unions regard as "usual").
Recalcitrant Teamsters Union Faces New Federal Charges for Abuse of Anheuser Busch Workers
Union officials thumb noses at NLRB settlement agreement, refuse to provide complete audited statement of union expenditures
FOR RELEASE: February 22, 2005
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Fairfield, Calif. (February 22, 2005) - A local employee of Anheuser Busch has filed a fourth round of federal charges against a recalcitrant Teamsters union Local for again violating the terms of a settlement agreement by failing to provide an audited statement detailing how workers? forced union dues are spent.
Catherine Anderson, a part-time employee at Anheuser Busch?s Fairfield facility, filed the unfair labor practice charges at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys. Teamsters union local 896 officials have repeatedly committed unfair labor practices and have reneged on settlement agreements.
Union officials recently provided workers with a financial ?statement? consisting of pages 10-13 of a larger report on the union?s expenditures. These fragments are a ?schedule? of expenses claiming an unsubstantiated 96.06% of union dues money was spent on ?collective bargaining? costs. This ?schedule? does not provide any financial disclosure to justify the affiliation fees with the Teamsters International union and two Teamsters International union councils. Teamsters officials also continue to claim that 100% of union staff salary and overhead costs are chargeable to nonmembers, even though the disclosure shows resources were spent on non-chargeable activities. Anderson?s complaint challenges both claims.
As a result of earlier federal charges filed by Anderson and a co-worker in July 2003, September 2004, and October 2004, Teamsters union local 896 officials settled the cases with a requirement that they properly inform workers of their right to refrain from financially supporting the union?s political and ideological causes. Teamsters officials had also agreed to cease illegal threats to have workers fired for refusal