August 8, 2014 – An Oakland, California based
Southwest Airline flight attendant has filed a
federal lawsuit against a local union. The
flight attendant alleges the union discriminated
against him for resigning his union membership.
With free legal assistance from staff attorneys
provided by the National Right to Work
Foundation, Kent Hand, a flight attendant for 12
years, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of Texas.
In October 2013, Hand resigned his membership in
the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)
Local 556. Shortly thereafter, Hand received a
phone call from a TWU Local 556 union official
informing him that he was being removed from the
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team
because he resigned his union membership.