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Judge Reaffirms Legal Basis for Government Union Reforms While Striking down Part of Wisconsin’s Act 10

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Judge Reaffirms Legal Basis for Government Union Reforms While Striking down Part of Wisconsin's Act 10

Ruling makes clear: Future reforms that include all government sector unions would be safe from legal challenges

Madison, WI (March 30, 2012) – In response to Judge Conley's opinion striking down several aspects of Wisconsin's recently-enacted public sector union reforms, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation President Mark Mix issued the following statement:

"Critically, Judge Conley's ruling reaffirms the right of states to limit government union officials' monopoly bargaining powers. Once again, a federal court has made it clear that union officials have no right to collect dues or fees from nonmembers."

"While we disagree with the ruling's conclusion that there isn't a rational basis for recertification requirements and a ban on the use of taxpayer funded-payroll systems to collect union dues for general employees, the opinion shows why public safety officials should not have been exempted in the first place. The real solution to the 'equal protection' claims raised by the plaintiffs in this lawsuit is to apply Act 10 to all government employee unions and stop – in the judge's words – 'selectively subsidizing public unions.' If anything, this ruling provides a blueprint for state legislators looking to limit union officials' extraordinary special legal powers that no other private organization enjoys."

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IUOE Union Bosses Face Federal Charges for Nixing Union Financial Disclosure

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IUOE Union Bosses Face Federal Charges for Nixing Union Financial Disclosure

Repeat union offender highlights why Indiana needed Right to Work law that ends forced dues powers

Indianapolis, IN (March 30, 2012) – A union headquartered in suburban Chicago that is challenging Indiana's newly-enacted Right to Work law in federal court is again facing legal woes for violating workers' rights.

National Right to Work Foundation attorneys are providing free legal assistance to David Bercot of Orland, a certified wastewater operator for the ITR Concession Company, which services toll road rest stops in the Fort Wayne area. Bercot has field federal unfair labor practice charges against International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 for refusing to provide him information about union financial expenditures.

Bercot must accept IUOE officials' so-called "representation" and is still required to pay dues to the union to keep his job until the union's current contract expires, after which he will be freed from that requirement by Indiana’s new Right to Work law.

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News Release: Employee from Non-Profit Public Defense Firm Defends Her Rights from SEIU Union Hierarchy

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Employee from Non-Profit Public Defense Firm Defends Her Rights from SEIU Union Hierarchy

Seattle-area case highlights need for state Right to Work law

Seattle, WA (March 20, 2012) – An employee at a private, non-profit public defense law firm has filed federal unfair labor practice charges against a Seattle-area union for violating her rights.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys, Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons employee Stephanie Kalfayan filed the charges Friday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Seattle.

Kalfayan resigned from formal union membership in Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925 and invoked her right to refrain from paying full union dues. However, because SEIU Local 925 officials enjoy monopoly bargaining privileges over her workplace, and because Washington does not have state Right to Work protections for its workers, Kalfayan is forced to accept SEIU officials' "representation" and pay union fees as a condition of employment.

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News Release: Union Officials Challenging Indiana Right to Work Law Forced to Settle Union Dues Case

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Union Officials Challenging Indiana Right to Work Law Forced to Settle Union Dues Case

Refund of twelve hundred dollars highlights why Indiana needed Right to Work law that ends union boss forced dues powers

Indianapolis, IN (March 9, 2012) – The union headquartered in suburban Chicago, Illinois challenging Indiana's newly-enacted Right to Work law in federal court has been forced to refund money illegally taken from workers' paychecks as part of a settlement.

The National Right to Work Foundation provided free legal assistance to Valparaiso-area Minteq International employees Joel Tibbetts and Adam Hill in the prolonged legal battle dating back to 2007.

The Minteq employees' workplace is unionized by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 union hierarchy. Both workers have refrained from union membership but still must accept IUOE Local 150 union officials' so-called "representation" and are required to pay dues to the union to keep their jobs, until their current contract expires, after which they will be freed from that requirement by Indiana's new Right to Work law.

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News Release: Public Employee Union Faces Federal Lawsuit for Illegal Forced Dues Scheme

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Public Employee Union Faces Federal Lawsuit for Illegal Forced Dues Scheme

Right to Work Foundation attorneys challenge union hierarchy for violating employee's constitutional rights

San Francisco, CA (March 6, 2012) – An Alameda County East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) employee has filed a federal lawsuit against a local union and the public agency for violating his rights.

James C. Hankins filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation.

Hankins resigned formal union membership from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 444 more than ten years ago.

However, in April 2011, AFSCME Local 444 and EBMUD officials began to deduct full union dues from Hawkins’s paycheck as if he was a full union member.

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News Release: SEIU and Hospital Officials Hit With Federal Charges for Rigging Union Card Check 'Vote'

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SEIU and Hospital Officials Hit With Federal Charges for Rigging Union Card Check 'Vote'

Union organizers enter into corrupt agreement with hospital to force healthcare workers into union ranks using coercive card check tactics

Orange, California (February 13, 2012) – A healthcare worker has filed federal charges against a major healthcare union and hospital officials for illegally rigging a union organizing "vote" and then forcing workers to accept an unwanted union in the workplace.

With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, Marlene Felter of Costa Mesa filed the charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers West union officials and Chapman Medical Center management entered into a backroom deal known as a so-called "neutrality agreement" designed to grease the skids for workers to be forced into union ranks.

In the agreement, company officials granted union operatives access to company facilities to conduct a coercive "card check" organizing campaign, and waived the right to have a federally-supervised secret ballot election to determine whether employees wished to be unionized. Union organizers frequently use "card check" organizing tactics to bribe, browbeat, or cajole workers into forced-union-dues payments against their will.

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News Release: AFSCME Union Bosses Hit With Federal Charges for Illegally Ordering Hospital Employee Fired

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AFSCME Union Bosses Hit With Federal Charges for Illegally Ordering Hospital Employee Fired

Union officials demand worker be fired for exercising Constitutionally-protected right to refrain from full-dues-paying union membership

Saint Paul, Minnesota (February 13, 2012) – A Regions Hospital switchboard operator filed a federal charge against a local union for threatening to fire her for exercising her right to refrain from full-dues-paying union membership.

With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, Rebecca Holt recently filed the charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 722 union bosses demanded Holt sign an "Authorization of Payroll Deduction" form authorizing union officials to deduct full union dues from her paycheck. Holt requested information about her rights, including her right to refrain from full-dues-paying union membership.

Because Minnesota does not have Right to Work protections for its workers, employees can be forced to pay a part of union dues as a condition of employment.

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News Release: Worker Advocate Launches Legal Task Force to Protect Indiana Right to Work Freedom

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Worker Advocate Launches Legal Task Force to Protect Indiana Right to Work Freedom

Law prevents union officials from extracting union dues from workers as a condition of employment

Washington, DC (February 2, 2012) – The National Right to Work Foundation announced today that it is launching a legal task force aimed at protecting Indiana’s newly-enacted Right to Work law.

Union officials publicly floated the idea of challenging the law in Indiana's courts before the law was even passed by the Indiana state senate.

Indiana is the nation's 23rd Right to Work state after the state senate passed the bill and Governor Mitch Daniels signed the bill into law on Wednesday.

Foundation attorneys have successfully defended state Right to Work laws in the past, including Oklahoma's. The task force has already examined reported union lines of attack and determined that Indiana’s Right to Work law is on sound legal ground.

"Union bosses want to undo what thousands of Hoosier citizens have worked hard for over the past decade," said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. "Because union partisans cannot win the hearts and minds of Indiana's workers and voters, they seek to have the courts strike down Indiana’s popular Right to Work law for them."

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News Release: Right to Work Foundation Attorneys Move to Disqualify Controversial Recess Appointees from Six Cases

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Right to Work Foundation Attorneys Move to Disqualify Controversial Recess Appointees from Six Cases

Argue Labor Board does not have legitimate quorum to hear pending cases

Washington, DC (January 30, 2012) – Today, National Right to Work Foundation attorneys filed motions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to disqualify President Barack Obama's recent purported recess appointees to the agency from participating in the Foundation's six cases pending before the Board.

Foundation attorneys argue that the appointments are unconstitutional and, therefore, the Board lacks the quorum necessary to hear Foundation cases. This legal challenge is part of an ongoing controversy over the constitutionality of Obama's recent move to install three members to the NLRB as "recess appointees" despite the fact that the U.S. Senate was not in recess.

Foundation attorneys also were among the first to challenge the constitutionality of Obama's "recess appointments" in federal court. An earlier motion challenging the appointments, filed by the Foundation and other plaintiffs challenging the NLRB’s notice posting rules, is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Read one of the Foundation attorneys' motions to disqualify the "recess appointees" here.

News Release: Right to Work Foundation Announces New Addition to Legal Team

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Right to Work Foundation Announces New Addition to Legal Team

Regent-trained attorney dedicated to the cause of individual liberty for America's workers

Washington, DC (January 30, 2012) – The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has hired Sarah Hartsfield of Austin, Texas, as an addition to its legal staff.

Hartsfield is a recently sworn in member of the Virginia State Bar and 2011 graduate of the Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

"Sarah brings to the Foundation a real commitment to defending and advancing individual liberty against the injustices of compulsory unionism," said Ray LaJeunesse, vice president and legal director of the National Right to Work Foundation.

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