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It is legal because the union essentially acts as your agent. In other words, when the union negotiates something - e.g., wage
, benefits, pension - it's as if you agreed to the same negotiation. There is no exception to this in benefits law; nothing that would allow you to override the union's status as exclusive agent in control of mandatory subjects of bargaining. So when the union agreed that a percentage of your wage would go to the 401k pension, it's as if you had agreed to the same. Normally, absent a union, the employee cannot have anything except taxes taken from his wage without consent.
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