Can a union contract be void if you felt pressure to sign?

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Can a union contract be void if you felt pressure to sign?

My coworker and union representative asked me for months to join the Union. I turned them down multiple times and expressed my disinterest in joining. During work hours they went out of their way to find me around our work place to ask me when I was going to sign, I never once said I wanted to apart of the union. After months of feeling uncomfortable and pressured to join, the union representative cornered me with a contract to sign and insisted I clock out before signing. I unfortunately signed the contract but had no real intention of joining. I did not know what else to do. They would not take no for an answer. Is there anyway to void this contract? If so, what actions can I take?

Asked on August 9, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you cannot void the contract unless by "pressure" you mean threats of force, blackmail, or other illegal actions. The law does not make being "nagged" or made to feel uncomfortable or being repeatedly asked to do something (e.g. sign a union contract) grounds to void a contract, since you could still have freely chosen to ignore the requests and told everyone leave you the [fill in your favorite curse word] alone. Since you signed it when you had the power to not sign, the law holds you to what you signed.


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