In our newly settled contract between Company and union there is a section entitled "Direct Deposit" It reads as follows. "All employees will be required to receive their regular pay checks through direct deposit. Incumbent employees who do not have a bank account with an ATM debit card will be provided such an account at no cost to the employee. In the alternative, employees will be offered a debit card through a bank/vender approved by the union."
My question is, can I be forced to be paid in this manner? I do not want an assigned account, an assigned debit card through a third party of someone elses choosing for I think a number of reasons whether valid or not. I would like to be paid by check from the company I work for. I also after receiving said check, to be allowed to cash it, deposit it, or do anything else with it that I choose. Thanks for listening and for any input. John