Unions already challenging law that would make union membership and dues payment voluntary
Springfield, VA (December 13, 2012) – The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, a charitable organization that provides free legal assistance to employees nationwide, announced today the creation of a special task force to defend Michigan's newly-enacted Right to Work law.
"Although we anticipate several union court challenges, we're confident that our legal team will be able to defend Michiganders' Right to Work," said Ray LaJeunesse, Vice President and Legal Director of the National Right to Work Foundation.
On Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation making Michigan the country's 24th Right to Work state. Public opinion polls reveal that a majority of Michiganders support the new law, but union officials and others have already announced their plans to file several anti-Right to Work lawsuits.
The National Right to Work Foundation is currently defending Indiana's newly-enacted Right to Work law from similar union legal challenges. Foundation attorneys recently filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief defending the state's Right to Work law for two Indiana workers, who are responding to a United Steel Workers lawsuit in Indiana state court.
Foundation attorneys have also defended Wisconsin's recently-enacted public sector union reforms from union challenges in federal court.
In addition to the new task force, the National Right to Work Foundation has announced an offer of free legal aid to any Michigan workers who wish to refrain from paying dues to an unwanted union. Affected employees are encouraged to call the Foundation's legal hotline at 1-800-336-3600 or contact the Foundation through its website: www.nrtw.org
"Michigan's new Right to Work law is a great advance for worker freedom, but union bosses are already planning a vicious legal counterattack in state and federal court," continued LaJeunesse. "Foundation attorneys stand ready to defend the new Right to Work law and to help any Michigander who wishes to refrain from paying dues to a union he or she doesn't voluntarily belong to."