“For our union employees if you have any questions about our proposal you may ask us. If you have feedback or input about our proposal you must bring that to the union, the Union is the lawful representative of our union employees. We simply want employees to know what we are offering and why.”

Crossing a picket line

It has been established by case law (NLRB v Hershey food corp and Pattern makers league v NLRB as example) that an employee has the right to cross the picket line and work without being subject to discipline by the union if they first modify their membership in the union to "financial core member", also known as "Dues paying member only" or tender a full resignation (not withdrawal) before crossing the picket line. To modify your membership or to resign you must deliver to the union a letter stating your intent to modify your membership or resign your membership. These letters are called "Hershey letters".

If you modify your membership to "financial core member only" you will have a limited affilitation with the union that excludes you from certain rights afforded to the full members and also removes you from the reach of union discipline.

If you resign your memebership, (not withdrawl) you will not have to pay dues during a strike but will have to pay them if and when a barganing agreement is put in place if that agreeement contains a security clause that requires all workers to pay dues. Even if a contract is agreed to with the teamsters, you are not required to be a member only to pay dues.

The change in status becomes effective when the Hershey letter is received by the union, below are links to those letters by your terminal location:

The choice is yours, Oak Harbor is not recommending for or against the above matters. We simply wanted you to know what your options are.

Here are a couple of cases that involve the Hershey letter that supported the concept that your protected if you follow the hershey guidelines:

  • Union illegally threatens employess who exercise rights to work, NLRB - right to resign & work during Strike.pdf and NLRB - Union unlawfully threatened employees.pdf

    You can find additional cases by putting "NLRB v Hershey Food Corp" in your internet search engine


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