A Woodbridge man has filed federal charges against his union and his employer, claiming unfair labor practices.
Gregory Lehman, is a worker with Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG).
He has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming his union, the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153, based in New York, forced him to join the union and pay full union dues, according to a press release from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
Lehman claims that neither PSEG nor union officials told him that by law, he had the right to refrain from paying full dues to a union.
"Under federal law, no worker can be forced to formally join a union," the release said. "However, because New Jersey is not a Right to Work state, workers can be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment."
Lehman seeks the return of union dues and fees taken from his paychecks, the release said.
Nicole Korkolis, a spokesperson with the union, was unable to comment at press time.