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Worker attempting to negotiate terms of re-hire is not union member

Donald Hooks filed unfair labor charges against the Detroit Department of Water And Sewerage and AFSCME Council 25.  Hooks had been offered a job by the Department two years after a voluntary resignation.  He attempted to negotiate a midnight shift and uniform items, and did not report for work.  The Department treated him as a repeat "voluntary quit" and the Union failed to pursue a grievance.  The Court held that Hooks was a "mere job applicant" at this stage, and not a member of the Union to whom a duty of representation was owed.  Furthermore, having never reported for work, and not having been engaged in union activity, Hooks could not claim his an illegal discharge.

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