National Right to Work Foundation Launches Official Facebook Group

The National Right to Work Foundation has launched its official Facebook.com group. The group will help virally spread information about the Right to Work movement while keeping supporters up-to-date on the Foundation's latest news and views. The latest press releases, blog posts, and YouTube videos can be found on the Facebook group’s profile page, while the discussion board allows group members talk about current issues relating to compulsory unionism.

The group has already garnered the support of over 80 members in just a few days and the Foundation will randomly select ten of the first 200 group members to receive a free book -- either “Power Grab: How the National Education Association is Betraying Our Children” by G. Gregory Moo or “Free Choice for Workers: A History of the Right to Work Movement” by George C. Leef.

The Foundation’s Facebook group can be found by the group name “National Right to Work”, under the group categories Organizations – Non-Profit Organizations, or here.

Join the National Right to Work Foundation’s Facebook group today for your chance to win a copy of “Power Grab” or “Free Choice for Workers”!  Also, tell your friends!

News Release

Employees Hit Union with Federal Charges for Its Illegal and Retaliatory Strike Fines

Union officials levy more than $200,000 in confiscatory fines against workers who would not abandon their jobs

Chicago, IL (September 11, 2008) - With free legal aid from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, nine Lechner and Sons employees have filed federal charges against an International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union local for exorbitant and illegal retaliatory fines levied against them.

The employees filed the unfair labor practice charges at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Teamsters Local Union 731. Union officials hit the employees with fines ranging from $13,946 to $40,000 each for working during the strike, despite the fact that none of the employees were truly voluntary members of the union during the strike. Union officials never informed any of the employees of their right to refrain from formal union membership and pay a reduced amount of forced dues. Instead, union officials deceived the employees into believing that formal, full-dues-paying union membership was a condition of employment.

In July 2006, union bosses ordered the employees, all truck drivers, to abandon their jobs during a so-called “sympathy strike” involving a different bargaining unit of workers at the plant where the strike occurred. After the strike ended in June 2007, union brass claimed the power to use fines to discipline non-striking employees.

The union hierarchy also claimed the power to discipline two employees for working during the strike even though they were not union members during the strike. The union bosses illegally threatened one employee that if he did not pay the fine, he would never again work in a “union-shop.” All of the employees have now resigned from the union.

“It is unconscionable for union bosses to mislead employees into union membership and then attempt to drive them into the poorhouse in vicious retaliation for working,” said Stefan Gleason, vice president of the National Right to Work Foundation. “This disturbing, yet increasingly-used tactic of union intimidation is all too common in states like Illinois where there is no Right to Work law on the books.”

A Right to Work law secures the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. The NLRB Regional Director’s Office will now investigate the charges and decide whether to issue a formal complaint and prosecute the union.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses. The Foundation, which can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-336-3600, is assisting thousands of employees in over 200 cases nationwide.

Foundation Pushes NLRB to Make Its Shadowy “Card Check" Database Public

Responding to a request from the National Right to Work Foundation, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has finally made its so-called "voluntary recognition” database available to the public by posting it online.

So-called “voluntary recognitions” occur when union bosses and leveraged employers agree to bargain without the affected employees ever having chosen the union through an NLRB-supervised secret-ballot election. Such recognitions are the ultimate goal of most vicious, multi-pronged pressure campaigns waged by union forces against targeted employers.

As result of the Foundation's Dana/Metalydyne victory, employees may now obtain a traditional decertification election immediately after finding themselves pressured into union ranks through "card check" or other means.

However, in order to obtain the ability to block employees from freeing themselves from union monopoly bargaining once 45 days have elapsed, union officials must now report the occurance of a voluntary recognition in the first place. This “VR Database” is now available on-line and allows the public to see the over 380 so-called “voluntary recognitions” recorded in the past year.

As of September 9, interested persons may access the database by going to the NLRB website and clicking on “ Frequently Requested Documents” under the “What’s New” column. The database can be found by scrolling down to “Dana Corp. and Metaldyne Briefs and Documents” and clicking on “Post Dana Corp. Case Processing” or by going here.

Many Ways to Get Wired in to America's Right to Work Movement

Since you already read this blog (after all you're here aren't you) here are some other ways you can keep up with everything the National Right to Work Foundation does to defend employees from the abuses of compulsory unionism:

  • Email Alerts - Sign up to get exclusive Foundation emails sent right into your inbox. There is a signup box in on the top right corner of every page on this site.
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  • Watch our Videos - Check out our Youtube.com and Eyeblast.tv channels to get the latest video updates about NRTW, its cases, and how it helps average working Americans fight the evils of compulsory unionism.
  • Network With Us - Join our Facebook.com group and connect with other National Right to Work supporters from across the country.

These are just a few of the many ways to stay on top of the critical developments in the Right to Work movement. Whether you are at work, at home, or on vacation, all you need is a computer to get started.

National Right to Work Foundation Updates Available Via Twitter Network

Now, you can receive instant updates from the National Right to Work Foundation straight onto your phone or computer by subscribing to the Foundation’s Twitter - www.twitter.com/RightToWork.

After subscribing, you can receive the latest news and views from the Foundation via the Foundation’s Twitter website and via text message, instant message, email, or on your website or Facebook.

Visit and subscribe to the National Right to Work Foundation’s Twitter today!

Teacher Union Bosses Turn America's Public Schools into Campaign Zones

Big Labor's big money boys are pulling out all the stops to get the presidential candidate of their choice elected. Across the country, teacher union bosses have been pushing their preferred political causes and candidates and the result is the disturbing politicization of the classroom.

Today, the Washington Times reported that union brass of the Virginia Education Association Union (VEA), an affiliate of the National Education Association Union (NEA), sent an e-mail to Virginia teachers which:

...encouraged members to bring politics into the classroom by wearing blue in support of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and simultaneously suggested that the union's voter registration efforts include those "you teach."

Meanwhile, the New York Post reported today that teacher union bosses in New York have been "handing out thousands of Barack Obama campaign buttons" to teachers. However, as the Post notes, “the Department of Education… has a long-standing policy barring teachers from wearing political campaign buttons in schools.” The teacher union bosses in New York said they will appeal the Department’s decision. The Post quoted Department of Education spokeswoman Ann Forte as saying:

Schools are not a place for politics and not a place for staff to wear political buttons… We don't want a school or school staff advocating for any political position or candidate to students and we don't want students feeling intimidated because they might hold a different belief or support a different candidate than their teachers.

Indeed. But what about the teachers that don't support the union bosses' chosen candidate? They too should not be subjected to union officials' politicking. In the 28 states that do not have Right to Work laws (including New York), union officials are notorious for extracting forced union dues to fund political pet projects that teachers often oppose.

Unfortunately, most teachers are not even aware of their rights to refrain from contributing to Big Labor’s political pet projects as established by Foundation-won Supreme Court cases. However, while our work is cut out for us, there is hope. As Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation, stated in an op-ed printed last month, “Praise the teacher, not the union”:

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is currently providing free legal aid to thousands of teachers and other employees who object to their compulsory fees funding the political agenda of union bosses, whose ultimate goal, according to one former NEA official, is "to re-order the priorities of the United States of America."

If you are a teacher who would like to stand up for your rights against the evils of compulsory unionism, click here.

Foundation Action: Union Bosses, Co-Opted Hospital Scheme to Impose Union

This story from the September/October issue of Foundation Action reports on the Foundation's efforts on behalf of two nurses who are suffering from a corrupt and illegal agreement between the California Nurses Association (CNA) union and their workplace to force nurses into CNA union ranks.

Read the whole story here (pdf) and sign up today for a free print subscription. To receive the entire issue via email, just type your email address into the box in the top right corner of this page.

Foundation Action: Foundation Defends Against Union Identity Theft, Conspiracy

This story from the September/October issue of Foundation Action shares the story of Patricia Pelletier, a Connecticut worker who successfully initiated a decertification election to eject an unwanted union from her workplace. In response, union officials started a campaign of intimidation and harassment against Pelletier.  You can hear Patricia talk about her case in this video.

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