An ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems employee has filed charges against the Anaheim-based automated door manufacturer and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441. Court documents state that the employee, Jaime Zambrano, alleges union bosses urged ASSA ABLOY management to fire him after he failed to fill out a union membership form.

Court documents state that the ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems employee alleges union bosses urged company management to fire him after he failed to fill out a union membership form.

The charges were filed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 21 in Los Angeles in early June. The charges were amended on June 14, 2023. Zambrano is represented by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. According to the court documents, Zambrano seeks “his immediate reinstatement.”

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and Zambrano claim that despite paying the required union dues to stay employed, ASSA ABLOY management terminated him in May 2023 at IBEW Local 441 officials’ urging after he failed to fill out a union membership form. Zambrano argues that no timeline was given to complete and return the form.

Officials from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation say that while union officials possess the authority to terminate workers who refuse to pay union dues or fees, the law prohibits union officials from making employment contingent upon formal union membership, even in states that are not governed by right to work provisions, such as California.

Zambrano’s defense team argues that while firing a worker for refraining from union membership is a clear infringement of federal labor law, the charges also state that union officials failing to provide Zambrano with a timeline of when the form should be completed a “failure to comply with the requirements of Philadelphia Sheraton.” The Philadelphia Sheraton is an NLRB case requiring union officials to inform workers exactly what their obligations are.

2 Comments

  1. This is interesting as I my employment was terminated with the company the day after I voiced uncertainty with wanting to join the union.

  2. Here are some more details, about how this went down. The technician that was actually helping the union get us recognized, was fired prior to the union being recognized. The main reason I was reluctant to fill out the application was because under the cba in place we lost all our paid vacation, paid sick days and paid Holidays. The Union did threaten all of us present at a meeting, that we would be fired if we didnt join the union.

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