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      Traverse City woman wins federal Right to Work case

      A Traverse City UPS employee won a federal settlement against Teamster Local 406 union for violating her rights under Michigan's Right to Work law.

      A Traverse City UPS employee won a federal settlement against Teamster Local 406 union for violating her rights under Michigan's Right to Work law.

      Lisa Plamondon, a 30-year employee with UPS, filed charges against the union and her employer with the National Labor Relations Board.

      Plamondon was a member of the Teamsters Local 406 union from 1983 until 1997. In 1997, Plamondon resigned her union membership, but still had to pay union dues and fees to keep her job.

      After Michigan's private-sector Right to Work law went into effect, Plamondon sent several letters to the Local 406 union stating that she was exercising her right under Michigan's Right to Work law to refrain from union dues payments. In the letters, Plamondon attempted to comply with Teamster Local 406's procedure to end forced dues payments by revoking her dues deduction authorization, a document union officials use to take dues or fees from workers' paychecks.

      According to officials with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation , Teamster Local 406 union officials refused to comply with her request and told her that there are numerous restrictions on her ability to revoke her dues deduction.

      Under the terms of the settlement, Plamondon received reimbursement of all of the union fees illegally taken from her paycheck plus interest. Moreover, the NLRB filed a complaint against UPS for its role in violating Plamondon's rights.

      "Michigan workers should not have to jump through arbitrary hoops just to exercise their rights under Michigan's Right to Work laws," said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. "We applaud Ms. Plamondon's courageous effort to protect her rights under Michigan's private-sector Right to Work law."

      Michigan became the 24th Right to Work state in March, 2013.