A federal court has rejected an attempt by Obama lawyers -- from Eric Holder's Justice Department, Hilda Solis' Labor Department, and the National Labor Relations Board -- to roll back one worker's groundbreaking victory against a corrupt card check scheme.
The case breathes new life into a long-neglected section of the Labor
Management Relations Act that outlaws bribery and collusion between company and
Let me tell you more about the case.
Since 2008, with free legal aid from National Right to
Work Foundation attorneys, Florida groundskeeper Martin Mulhall has
fought a protracted, uphill battle against a corrupt "neutrality agreement"
between union and company officials.
Mardi Gras Gaming, Mulhall's employer, entered into a card check agreement with
UNITE HERE Local 355 union bosses, promising to hand over employees' personal
contact information and home addresses to union organizers.
In return, union officials spent hundreds of thousands of dollars supporting a
ballot initiative favored by the company.
This kind of tit-for-tat agreement sells out workers and exposes them to
harassment and intimidation in vicious card check campaigns.
A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
agreed with Mulhall that organizing assistance may constitute an
unlawful "thing of value."
But a groundbreaking precedent against illegal collusion between union and
company officials was too much for the Big Labor acolytes throughout the Obama
Administration to bear.
Fortunately, the court rejected the petition filed by union lawyers and
supported by the Obama Administration to rehear the case, reaffirming that
union organizing is indeed a thing of value.
Cases like this one show just how critical the mission of your National Right
to Work Foundation truly is.