My company has a union although I’m not a member, if they strike can I be fined by the union?

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My company has a union although I’m not a member, if they strike can I be fined by the union?

I am currently working for a company who has a union. I did not sign the form to become part of the union after my first 90 days. The union will soon strike over labor here at my site. Will I be fined for coming to work? Can the union also force me to pay them wages even though I am not apart of it? At my company all of the employees are in the union except supervisors.

Asked on August 19, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You are sure that you are not part of the union?  Then the union does not have the right to discipline you in any way.  If you were a union member then that would be a different story. Courts have upheld the union's right to discipline its members which can include fining them.  But if you are considered non-union (or a private sector employee) then you have the right not to strike.  You are covered for your decision under the National Labor Relations Act.  I would make sure that the union is aware that you are not a union member at this point in time.  You do not want to take a chance here.  Good luck.


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