Forced Unionism 

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Act 10 Unionism Reforms

Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld all provisions of Act 10. Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, issued the following statement in the wake of today's ruling:

"We applaud the court's ruling upholding Act 10. The court relied on principles established in Foundation-supported U.S. Supreme Court victories which have held that union officials have no constitutional power to force workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

"The court's decision strikes a mighty blow for individual workers who do not want anything to do with an unwanted union in their workplace. Wisconsin government union officials should now understand that the constitutionality of Right to Work laws has long been a settled question. We're happy to report that the court rejected the union lawyers' frivolous arguments and ensured that thousands of Wisconsin's civil servants will continue to labor free from union coercion.

"No Wisconsin public worker should ever be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. Now it is time for Wisconsin's legislature to protect that right for Wisconsin's private-sector workers and pass a private-sector Right to Work law."

Minnesota Homecare Providers File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Forced Unionization Scheme

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Minnesota Homecare Providers File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Forced Unionization Scheme

SEIU seeks to push home-based personal care providers into forced-dues ranks against their will

Minneapolis, MN (July 28, 2014) – Today, a group of home-based personal care providers who care for family members filed a federal lawsuit challenging a law that authorizes forcible unionization of the state's home-based personal care providers.

With free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys, Teri Bierman and eight other providers from around the state filed the suit against Governor Mark Dayton and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

The homecare providers' suit requests an injunction halting implementation of a law intended to designate SEIU union officials as the monopoly political representative of thousands of providers in the state. The SEIU seeks to unionize the providers via a mail-in vote starting August 1.

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School Bus Drivers File Federal Suit Against District and Local Union for Rights Violations

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School Bus Drivers File Federal Suit Against District and Local Union for Rights Violations

Union bosses trap bus drivers into union membership and dues payments

Little Rock, AR (May 29, 2014) – A group of Pulaski County Special School District bus drivers have filed a federal suit against the school district and a local union for violating their rights.

The five Little Rock-area bus drivers filed the federal suit with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

The school bus drivers all sent a letter to the Pulaski Association of Support Staff (PASS) union exercising their right to refrain from union membership and refrain from paying union dues or fees.

Under the U.S. Constitution, workers have the unconditional right to refrain from union membership at any time. Under Arkansas's popular Right to Work law, nonmember workers can refrain from paying union dues and fees.

PASS union officials denied the bus drivers' requests to resign union membership and refrain from union dues payments, instead claiming that the drivers can only resign their union membership during a 15-day "window period" in July.

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Worker Advocate Reacts to Volkswagen's Request for NLRB Union Election

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Worker Advocate Reacts to Volkswagen's Request for NLRB Union Election

Unionization election reportedly scheduled for February 12

Washington, DC (February 3, 2014) – Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation, issued the following statement after the announcement today that Volkswagen America has petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a rapid-fire United Auto Workers (UAW) unionization election in its Chattanooga plant:

"We're pleased that despite constant calls by UAW officials to be recognized as the workers' monopoly bargaining representative via card check recognition, Volkswagen workers will instead be given a chance to vote on the matter in a secret-ballot election. A secret-ballot election is what Foundation-assisted workers were asking for all along.

"However, we are concerned about the existence of backroom deals cut between Volkswagen and UAW officials giving union organizers preferential access to the workers leading up to the election. We call on VW to give workers opposing the union equal access and also to release any agreements it has signed regarding what would happen if the UAW union takes monopoly bargaining power over the workplace, including agreements to impose a so-called works council on the employees.

"VW workers should be given all the facts before the election so that they can make an informed choice, and we will oppose efforts to stampede them or tilt the playing field."

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Foundation Requests Investigation of NLRB's Conduct in Chattanooga Volkswagen Case

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Foundation Requests Investigation of NLRB's Conduct in Chattanooga Volkswagen Case

Leaked internal emails bring agency's impartiality further into question

Washington, DC (January 29, 2014) – National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, led by former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Member John Raudabaugh, have requested an official inquiry into the NLRB's conduct in adjudicating several Chattanooga Volkswagen America workers' charges against VW and the United Auto Worker (UAW) union during the on-going, highly-contentious UAW organizing campaign.

Foundation staff attorneys have asked the NLRB's Inspector General to investigate the agency's conduct during its processing of the workers' unfair labor practice charges that the NLRB Division of Advice instructed the NLRB Regional Director in Atlanta to dismiss.

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Special Needs Teaching Assistant Files Charge against Union for Ignoring Her Rights Under Michigan's Right to Work Law

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Special Needs Teaching Assistant Files Charge against Union for Ignoring Her Rights Under Michigan's Right to Work Law

Teacher union officials stonewall worker's attempt to resign from union membership and dues payments

Pinckney, MI (October 23, 2013) – A local special needs classroom assistant has filed a state charge against a local teacher union for violating her rights under Michigan's recently enacted public-sector Right to Work law.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Linda Evon of Pinckney filed the state charge late last week with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) in Detroit.

Evon, who works as a special needs classroom assistant for Pinckney Community Schools, informed the Michigan Education Association (MEA) union on September 4, 2013, that she was exercising her right under Michigan's Right to Work law to refrain from union dues payments after the union's monopoly bargaining agreement with her employer expired on June 30, 2013. Under Michigan's Right to Work law, contracts entered into after the law went into effect must respect workers' right to refrain from the payment of any union dues.

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Hospital Workers Win Federal Settlements Booting SEIU Officials from Area Hospital

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Hospital Workers Win Federal Settlements Booting SEIU Officials from Area Hospital

200 nurses and ancillary employees freed from illegal SEIU forced dues power grab

Thousand Oaks, CA (October 21, 2013) – A group of Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital (TOSH) nurses and support staff has won three federal settlements forcing two major healthcare unions and the hospital's parent company to stop illegally forcing them and their coworkers into unwanted union "representation."

The settlements come after three TOSH nurses and two support staff receiving free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation filed federal charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In late November 2012, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Holdings, Inc.-owned Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center purchased TOSH. In late April 2013, Los Robles Hospital management suddenly announced that TOSH workers were "represented" by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) and SEIU Local 121 RN union officials. Supposedly the workers had been "accreted" into a pre-existing Los Robles-SEIU monopoly bargaining unit.

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Worker Rights Advocate Blasts McCain/Reid NLRB Deal

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Worker Rights Advocate Blasts McCain/Reid NLRB Deal

President’s NLRB appointments will pave the way for at least three more years of forced-unionism giveaways

Washington, DC (July 16, 2013) – Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's reported new nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):

"Union bosses know their coercive agenda is overwhelmingly unpopular with the American people. This is why they've turned to unelected administrative agencies like the NLRB to push through much of what they cannot get through Congress.

"And after Senator John McCain apparently struck a backroom deal today with Senate Democrats to sell out independent-minded workers, the Obama White House wasted no time meeting with union bosses to determine who they want on the agency to enact their radical agenda.

"Even though the American people who are outraged by this rouge NLRB were not included in these discussions, Obama's NLRB appointments will pave the way for at least three more years of the very forced-unionism giveaways union bosses failed to obtain through the legislative process.

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Airline Workers’ Federal Class-Action Suit Seeks to Ground Union Boss Forced Dues Powers

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Airline Workers' Federal Class-Action Suit Seeks to Ground Union Boss Forced Dues Powers

Relying on landmark Knox Supreme Court decision, workers seek to roll back union boss power to collect forced dues

Dallas, TX (June 27, 2013) – Six airline workers have filed a federal class-action lawsuit that seeks to expand workers' right to refrain from paying union dues in light of last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Knox v. SEIU Local 1000.

Five American Eagle Airlines baggage handlers from Texas and a Southwest Airlines flight attendant from Maryland filed the lawsuit with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas.

The workers all are not members of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWUA). However, the workers must still accept the TWUA hierarchy as their monopoly bargaining representative even though they are prohibited from voting on the union's bargaining agreement or participating in union meetings. Additionally, federal labor law empowers union officials to extract union dues and fees from the workers as payment for their so-called "representation." If the workers refused to pay union dues or fees, they would be terminated from their jobs.

Last year, the Supreme Court suggested in its Foundation-won Knox v. SEIU ruling that it was ready to reassess whether union bosses' forced dues powers, which it called "something of an anomaly," violate workers' First Amendment rights. Responding to that suggestion, the workers' lawsuit seeks to eliminate forced unionism in America.

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Updated Analysis: Right to Work States Still Enjoying Faster Growth, Residents Have Higher Purchasing Power

Tthe National Institute for Labor Relations Research has updated its fact sheet comparing various statistics in Right to Work states and forced-unionism states, and Right to Work states continue to enjoy more growth and purchasing power for citizens than their forced-unionism counterparts.

Over the past ten years, private sector employment opportunities in Right to Work states have grown by 6.4%, compared to just 0.4% job growth in states that allow forced unionism. Other economic indicators - from purchasing power to employee compensation - are equally stark. No matter how you slice the numbers, Right to Work states simply perform better than their forced-unionism neighbors.

The case for Right to Work laws has always rested on the importance of employee freedom, but it's nice to know that protecting worker rights has other, more tangible benefits. Over the past several years, studiessurveys, and job reports have all confirmed that freedom in the workplace yields impressive economic results.

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