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Union sued over $150 grievance fee for non-members

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -

Four Dearborn employees are suing the Teamsters, saying the union is illegally charging $150 if non-members want to file labor grievances against the city.

The municipal employees left the Teamsters after Michigan passed a law allowing workers to stop paying dues. But unions still are obligated to represent workers who have disputes with their employer.

The Midland-based Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of the Dearborn workers. Attached to a lawsuit is the Teamsters Local 214 policy about charging employees to handle grievances if they no longer belong to the union.

The lawsuit says the fee policy conflicts with state and federal labor law.  A message seeking comment was left for Local 214 president Joseph Valenti.

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