A letter carrier from Maine has turned to a shadowy anti-labor group partly financed by the ultra-wealthy founders of Wal-Mart to pay for a legal action seeking to stop his payroll deduction for NALC union dues. Brett Johnson of Holden, Maine claims he tried to resign from the National Association of Letter Carriers in April of this year, but that dues are still being deducted from his pay check.
A press release from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which refuses to disclose where its money comes from, says that its lawyers filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board on Johnson’s behalf on Monday.
While the foundation tries to keep its finances secret, records uncovered by the Bridge Project show that the Walton Family Foundation contributes a significant amount, as does the Donors Capital Fund, another secretive group said to be a covert pipeline for money from, among others, the infamous Koch brothers, who also created the Tea Party “movement”.
One item curiously missing from the foundation’s press release is the reason for Johnson’s decision to resign from the union. According to USPS records, he is paid a base annual wage of $56,508, which was negotiated on his behalf by the letter carriers’ union. His new friends at Wal-Mart, meanwhile, claim to pay their average full time workers $12.78 an hour, less than half a letter carrier’s wage. Of course, many Wal-Mart employees don’t work full time, and many make so little that they qualify for welfare. They also don’t receive the generous leave, retirement and health benefits Johnson does, also negotiated for him by the letter carriers’ union.
But at least workers at Wal-Mart don’t have to worry about paying union dues!
Note: this story has been corrected to clarify that the action was filed against the US Postal Service.