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what is it called when a union fails to equally represent a union member?
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That really depends on the basis for the difference in treatment.
If there is any suggestion that race, religion, gender, age, disability or recent FMLA use played a part in the union's failure to represent equally, then it is discrimination and is handled through that avenue.
Otherwise, it is just considered breach of the union collective bargaining agreement/contract and is failure to represent. It can be handled through a National Labor Relation Board complaint or through a lawsuit for breach of that agreement with a local attorney in state court.
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
So if I call the National Labor Relation Board...I tell them I want to register a complaint against my union which is a collective bargaining entity for breech of contract to represent me? Do I have the vocabulary right?
Employment Lawyer: Allen M., Esq., Employment Lawyer replied 3 years ago
The NLRB may represent you themselves in that matter, because it's a complaint about union activity.
If they feel there is systematic failure to represent, they may sue for you or they may just give you a report and you'll end up having to sue in state court yourself anyway.
Best to start with the NLRB though.
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