NATIONAL RIGHT TO WORK
Legal Defense and Education Foundation, Inc.
Shaping the Law With Cutting Edge Legal Strategies
“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.” — Thomas Jefferson
or over forty years, we have fought side by side in this battle against forced unionism to secure basic liberties for individual American workers across the country. The National Right to Work Foundation continues to be the leading organization conducting a strategic legal program to roll back coercive union power and defend union-abused workers throughout all levels of our legal system. Established in 1968, the Foundation’s free legal aid program is aimed directly at breaking down union special privileges and protecting employees’ rights. The progress and many exciting legal victories are outlined in the enclosed special report. Until the Foundation came into existence, individual workers were completely alone when faced with forced unionism abuse. Thanks to you and tens of thousands of people like you from all walks of life and all across the country, they now have the Foundation to provide assistance. We are proud to say that we have established a series of legal precedents to build our legal foundation to assist brave employees who have stepped up to fight union abuse. The Supreme Court has heard argument in and decided fourteen cases that Foundation attorneys have brought before the High Court. We continue to help thousands of employees nationwide and have the potential to affect many more through classaction lawsuits. One such example is the widely recognized Foundation-won Supreme Court victory in Communications Workers v. Beck, which establishes employees’ right to reclaim their forced union dues spent for politics.
Thanks to countless Foundation supporters like you, we continue to forge ahead and remain tightly focused on attacking the basis of coercive union power in more than 200 cases. The National Right to Work Foundation and the ten full-time Foundation attorneys have a breadth of knowledge and experience unmatched by any organization. The Foundation is a public charity, exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is funded primarily by thousands of individuals, public and private charitable foundations, and business owners. We do not possess the immense financial resources of organized labor, which also compels payment of dues from workers. Of course, there is still much to do. With each Foundation victory, we move closer to total freedom from forced unionism for all working Americans. Together, we can work toward our ultimate goal of freedom in the workplace. Thank you for your continued partnership and encouragement as we move forward in our battle. Your continued financial support will help us make a real difference!
Mark A. Mix President
Raymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr. Foundation Vice President & Legal Director
aymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr. has successfully litigated on behalf of workers for over four decades. He became the Foundation’s first staff attorney in 1971 and helped pioneer some of the Foundation’s most important and far-reaching legal victories, including arguing four cases at the United States Supreme Court.
have fought for the rights of more than 400,000 employees in thousands of cases, from arbitration hearings to the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. LaJeunesse received his law degree from Washington & Lee University in 1967. He is the author of several published articles about labor law, has testified before Congressional committees, and was an Advisor on the Transition Team for Labor-Related Agencies, Office of the President-Elect, in 1980-81. In addition to his duties as Vice President & Legal Director, Mr. LaJeunesse is Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. There are currently ten full-time attorneys on the staff of the National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation. Foundation attorneys
With the help of Right to Work attorneys, Gary Davenport won a critical Supreme Court victory. The Davenport v. Washington Education Association decision ensures that union officials are not allowed to automatically deduct dues for politics from unwilling nonunion employees in Washington State. “It’s not fair – and it’s certainly not American – to force anyone to pay for politics he or she opposes,” said Davenport, a stinging rebuke to power-hungry union politicos.
Brave Individuals Step Up to Fight for Individual Rights A Message from the Foundation Chairman of the Board
ur Nation was founded by individuals who bravely pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor in the defense of liberty. Throughout the years since those days hundreds of years ago, Americans have been called upon to step up and make sacrifices in the defense of our basic freedoms. As Chairman of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, I have witnessed and heard the stories firsthand of many brave women and men who have sacrificed to uphold freedom in the workplace. It is an honor and privilege to battle with these workers who are confronting compulsory unionism abuses in their lives. The Foundation continues to make headway in significant victories – particularly before the United States Supreme Court. Unfortunately, litigation can be a long-term investment and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, many others who share our concern about individual freedom and the rights of working people in our country have responded generously over the years to partner with the Foundation in the defense of freedom.
“I work to get paid; I don’t pay to work,” said Juan Vielma, a Texas guard whose decision to leave a union nearly cost him his job. A veteran security professional from El Paso, Vielma was indefinitely suspended without pay for resigning his union membership. With free legal assistance from Foundation litigators, Vielma won reinstatement and full back pay worth over $40,000. Although Texas is a Right to Work state, this and other workplace protections would be hollow without the efforts of Foundation attorneys, who routinely hold scofflaw union officials accountable for ignoring state labor laws.
On behalf of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, I would personally like to thank each and every one of our generous supporters for their encouragement and support. It is vitally important to keep this truly worthy cause funded for years to come – and we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.
Dr. Frederick Fowler, III Chairman
The Foundation’s Purpose and Program The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation was founded in 1968 to assist victims of compulsory unionism abuses throughout the country. The Foundation today remains the leader in this critical battle to confront the mistreatment and abuse of employee rights by union officials and provide free legal aid to those who are willing to stand up and fight back against this coercion.
he Foundation’s legal aid program is designed and implemented to achieve two objectives: (1) to enforce employees’ existing legal rights against forced unionism abuses; and (2) to win new legal precedents expanding these legal rights and protections. Compulsory unionism abuses are unfortunately widespread and take years of strategic legal action through the court system to provide relief. It is often a long and strenuous process to direct, coordinate, and litigate a caseload of some 200 cases nationwide and follow them through to a successful conclusion. Foundation cases, therefore, are divided into the following categories:
After initiating a successful union decertification drive, Hartford, Connecticut resident Patricia Pelletier was targeted for retaliation by union militants, who forged her name on magazine subscription cards and bombarded her home with hundreds of unwanted mail-order journals. With the help of Foundation attorneys, Pelletier successfully reached a settlement after suing the Communications Workers of America Local 1103 union.
1. Misuse of forced union dues for political purposes; 2. Union coercion violating employees’ constitutional and civil rights; 3. Injustices from compulsory union “hiring halls”; 4. Union violations of the merit principle in public employment and academic freedom in education; 5. Union violence against workers; 6. Injustices of union organizing; and 7. Violations of other existing legal protections against union coercion.
In addition to ongoing litigation activity, Foundation attorneys are constantly working to develop new legal theories, economic data substantiating legal precedents, and social science findings that can be used to help win additional precedents in the courts.
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The Foundation and its attorneys and support staff have fought valiantly for the rights of more than 400,000 employees in thousands of cases, including more than thirty class-action lawsuits. Fourteen cases have been argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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legal actions, the Foundation is steadily shaping the law to protect many of the nation’s workers.”
In addition, millions of American workers enjoy the protections of the legal principles established by the Foundation’s litigation efforts. Through a coordinated system of legal actions, the Foundation is steadily shaping the law to protect the basic constitutional rights of many of the nation’s workers. It is a long and sometimes lonely battle, but the generosity and encouragement of many supporters nationwide enables the Foundation to move forward and successfully give legal aid to many heroic individuals across the country.
When UAW operatives pushed unwilling Michigan home care workers into union ranks, Carrie Schlaud and several other home care providers turned to Right to Work attorneys for aid. The Right to Work Foundation has since helped Schlaud and others file a federal lawsuit against the UAW’s coercive scheme, and the plight of Michigan home care providers has received national media attention. Said Schlaud: “The National Right to Work Foundation gave voice to the ‘little guy’, a small town child care provider, when nobody else would listen. I’m grateful for the help.”
U.S. Supreme Court Cases Establish Precedents The National Right to Work Foundation continues to bring cases before the U.S. Supreme Court for employees plagued with the abuse of compulsory unionism in the workplace. Listed below is a brief summary of the cases in which Foundation attorneys have won sweeping precedents for thousands of American workers.
bood v. Detroit Board of Education (1977): The High Court ruled that compulsory fees infringe upon public employees’ First Amendment rights and that the fee charged can only be used for the union’s costs of collective bargaining. It must not include union expenses for political, ideological, or other purposes. This was the Foundation’s first challenge to compulsory union fees in public employment to reach the Supreme Court. Ellis v. Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks (1984): Foundation attorneys argued that nonmember workers under the Railway Labor Act cannot be forced to pay union dues for any purposes other than collective bargaining. Howard Ellis, Allan Fails and over 200 other Western Airlines employees objected to being coerced to support the union’s political activities. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that “the union cannot be allowed to commit dissenter’s funds to improper uses – even temporarily.”
Pattern Makers v. National Labor Relations Board (1985): The U.S. Supreme Court recognized a worker’s unqualified right to resign from a union immediately. Foundation attorneys supported the employee plaintiffs here with a friend of the court brief. Chicago Teachers Union v. Hudson (1986): This next Foundation High Court victory against the use of compulsory dues for political and other purposes came in a case in which attorneys represented Annie Lee Hudson and a group of public school teachers in Chicago who opposed paying compulsory fees to union officials. The Court ruled 9-0 that it is unconstitutional to use compulsory dues for political activity and ideological causes even temporarily. It also provided objecting public employees with procedural protections against the unconstitutional use of their forced fees. Communications Workers of America v. Beck (1988): Foundation attorneys were victorious in extending protections against the use of compulsory union fees
“The Court ruled 9-0 that it is unconstitutional to use compulsory dues for political activity and ideological causes even temporarily. It also provided objecting public employees with procedural protections against unconstitutional use of their forced fees.”
for political and other non-representational purposes to millions of employees in the private sector covered by the National Labor Relations Act. Lehnert v. Ferris Faculty Association (1991): This case consolidated our previous victories by narrowly defining (through a three-part standard) what charges can be included in compulsory representation fees and confirming the basic principle of law that nonmembers can only be forced to subsidize bargaining-related activities. Air Line Pilots Association v. Miller (1998): With Foundation support, the pilots in this case won in the Court of Appeals and the union appealed to the Supreme Court. The High Court upheld the Court of Appeals’ ruling that employees who oppose union officials’ spending have the right to go directly to federal court to challenge the union officials’ calculation of the amount the employees must pay as a condition of employment. The Miller case is significant in that workers need not use phony union-sponsored “arbitration” schemes – schemes that allow union officials to delay and undermine full impact of decisions such as Beck.
Marquez v. Screen Actors Guild (1998): This Supreme Court case is an important part of the Foundation’s legal strategy to enforce our landmark victory in Beck. The High Court narrowly ruled in Marquez that “membership in good standing language” in a contract alone is not a breach of the union’s duty of fairness to employees – but the Court clearly reaffirmed the basic Beck principle and, for the first time, declared that union officials must notify workers about their Beck rights. Davenport v. Washington Education Association (2007): Under this U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a state may require unions to obtain affirmative consent before spending nonmember public employees’ forced dues on political activities. The Court’s unanimous decision also reiterated that, as the Court had decided before the Foundation existed, Right to Work laws are constitutional.
Working with Foundation attorneys, John Bodine and his coworkers recovered over $360,000 in forced union dues in a ground-breaking case in Phoenix, Arizona. Bodine’s high-profile federal racketeering lawsuit helped expose union corruption and set an important precedent for future cases. “I’m excited about the fact that with National Right to Work’s help, we have opened new doors to battle corrupt unions,” said Bodine.
Right to Work Profile: Bruce N. Cameron Staff Attorney & Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law at Regent University School of Law
n 2007, the National Right to Work Foundation established a unique partnership with Regent University School of Law. The agreement secured a designated professor’s employment at Regent University while allowing him to continue his work as a litigator with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Right to Work Foundation staff attorney Bruce N. Cameron, an experienced litigator in the area of religious freedom and employee choice, assumed the position as the Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law at Regent University in the Fall of 2007. The professorship honors the leading defender of working men and women fighting against the injustices of forced unionism, Reed Larson. Mr. Larson was the President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation from its founding in 1968, and President of the National Right to Work Committee from 1959 to 2004. Professor Cameron has litigated more cases for employees who have religious objections to supporting labor unions than any other lawyer. Under the aegis of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, he has pioneered the law protecting employee religious freedom for over three decades. Professor Cameron teaches a general course on Labor Law, a second course he established called “Religion in the Workplace” which focuses on religious freedom in the context of
Inspired by Reed Larson’s unflagging commitment to the principles of workplace liberty, the National Right to Work Foundation and Regent University School of Law entered into a partnership to endow the Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law at Regent University. The position is currently held by Bruce Cameron, a Foundation attorney who brings decades of experience in labor law to the classroom.
compulsory unionism, and oversees a Right to Work Practicum in which students work on Foundation-related topics. Regent Law School has a practicum standard which requires 60 hours of work for each hour of school credit, so each term Professor Cameron teaches the Practicum, students who take the course commit to between 60 and 180 hours of work for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Students have three main options for the Practicum: work with a Foundation staff attorney on a current litigation project, complete research to improve the Foundation’s website or to help Foundation attorneys on future projects, or write a paper on a subject of interest to the Foundation’s litigation program. Regent Law student Crystal Losey, an alumna of the Practicum program said, “I came to Regent to prepare to fight for religious liberty but did not foresee the everyday value of ensuring that freedom in the workplace until participating in the Right to Work Practicum.” Through the Practicum, Losey was able to research and draft stipulations that were used in a major Foundation case in Tennessee.
Not only is Bruce Cameron teaching courses each semester and engaging scores of students in the issues surrounding freedom of conscience and the public interest, he also continues his litigation as a staff attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. “I give informal assistance to employees to the point where they receive a religious accommodation. In addition, I have a fair number of religious objectors who contact me directly. I also continue to handle all Foundation-supported religious liberty litigation,” says Professor Cameron.
The Foundation’s landmark Dana victory helped employees like Rita Murphy get rid of unwanted union bosses by allowing them to vote out unions installed via card check. Although this decision doesn’t spell the end of coercive card check drives, it has helped workers across the country fight back against abusive organizing schemes.
Regent University is the ideal academic setting to maximize the impact of Cameron’s work because the Regent students share the principles that we hold dear: A deep commitment to preserving individual liberty, a passion for public interest law, and a desire to have an ongoing impact in shaping the moral fabric of our society. For these reasons, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is committed to ensure that the Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law is able to instruct future generations of students on the importance of freedom of conscience and the Right to Work principle.
Below: Staff attorney Bruce Cameron and law students from Regent University
Left: Regent University School of Law Above: Staff attorney Bruce Cameron and law students from Regent University
After enduring a four year “card check” organizing campaign, Mike Ivey turned to the National Right to Work Foundation to help protect his rights against the powerful United Auto Workers (UAW) union. Ivey’s employer previously committed to a backroom “neutrality agreement” with the UAW that included detailed arrangements covering future terms and conditions of employment and actually blocked previously promised wage increases. With the help of Foundation attorneys, Mike and his coworkers filed charges against the company and the union. To avoid an embarrassing prosecution, the UAW union rescinded the backroom deal and the employees’ pay raise was restored.
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Union harassing us employees Three Twin Cities nurses who file to join crossed their union’s picket line during a mass walkout June 10 say they were harassed by the union after the fact through letters calling them to a disciplinary hearing.
The nurses are getting free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation.
Because they resigned before the strike, “the union has no power to fire them or discipline them or bring them up on charges,” said Glenn Taubman, a lawyer for the Springfield, Va. based group. “They are blatantly doing it to harass or try to intimidate the nurses who wouldn’t toe the line.” – The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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Media Outreach Program: Proven Success The Foundation employs a comprehensive public information strategy that focuses attention on the reality of forced unionism and assaults on individual rights. Media coverage of the Foundation’s hundreds of court cases advances the Foundation’s strategic legal program and helps us get the word out to like-minded supporters.
n equally important part of the media outreach program focuses on educating Americans about their rights. Union officials take advantage of employees by misinforming them about their legal rights. The Foundation takes the lead in countering this misinformation by spreading the word through aggressive earned media efforts. That coverage includes all the nation’s major newspapers and wire services, as well as prominent, hard-hitting editorials and op-eds in leading media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investors Business Daily, Fox News, CNN and other mass media. Foundation spokesmen aggressively seek and achieve coverage on numerous television and radio talk shows throughout the country.
The Foundation added a regular podcast (available through the Foundation’s website, www.nrtw.org, and through iTunes) to keep listeners tuned in to the latest news and views from the Right to Work movement. This program features experts from the Foundation legal staff, and continues to expand, including over a half million website visits in the last year alone. Finally, our newly launched e-mail mobilization program generates important support for the Foundation’s legal program. The Foundation now has over 400,000 activists subscribe and receive several updates a week on the most pressing issues of the Right to Work movement. We alert subscribers about news and action items using the latest technology. The generosity of our supporters is key to our public information expansion and success.
Foundationâ€™s Norma Zimdahl Studio: Getting the Message Out
he National Right to Work Foundation gets the message out to various media outlets through print, video, email, Facebook, and the Foundation website. It is vital that we spread the word through the media about the abuses of compulsory unionism and expand employee awareness.
The generosity of Norma Zimdahl and other generous supporters continues to be an integral part of the overall Foundation legal aid program. The Foundation plans to expand and renovate the Norma Zimdahl studio, updating its video technology and online social media capabilities, in the near future.
Thanks to generous contributions from Right to Work supporters, the Norma Zimdahl Studio has assisted the Foundation to reach hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens through its cutting-edge video technology. Foundation staff members utilize the studio and its state-of-the-art equipment to record and edit videos of Foundation-assisted employees, record news bites on various cases, and place videos and other information into the public domain. This exciting approach to online activism has inspired Right to Work supporters to put even more pressure on Big Labor politicians and help to spread the Right to Work message to new audiences and potential plaintiffs across the country.
Thanks to the generosity of Norma Zimdahl, the National Right to Work Foundation recently installed an in-house video studio. With the help of cutting-edge technology, Foundation staffers produce, edit, and upload videos that expose the injustices of compulsory unionism.
Foundation’s Legacy Society
he Legacy Society will celebrate its fifth anniversary in late 2010 and already boasts 110 members. A supporter may become a member of the Legacy Society by making a planned gift of any kind to the Foundation and informing us of it.
able to do. Many donors express the desire to make a substantial donation, but regretfully say they simply can’t afford it today. However, through various planned giving vehicles, these special gifts become possible for many loyal supporters.
Several supporters have informed us that they have put the Foundation in their estate plans, such as their wills or trusts, and several participate in the Foundation’s gift annuity program.
The Legacy Society is off to an encouraging start, and it is gratifying to know that many of our donors will consider a planned gift in the near future.
Legacy Society members are entitled to specific benefits, including invitations to court hearings and special Right to Work events around the country. Planned giving allows our donors to do more than they might otherwise be
“Legacy Society members are entitled to specific benefits, including invitations to court hearings.”
Pam Harris, a mother who provides personal care to her developmentallydisabled adult son, found the National Right to Work Foundation online and contacted Foundation attorneys after she and other home care providers were threatened with forced unionization. With the help of Right to Work litigators, Harris is now part of a class-action lawsuit against the Service Employees International Union.
Reed Larson Endowment Fund
he National Right to Work Foundation’s Board of Trustees has named its fledgling endowment fund in honor of Reed Larson, who served as President of the Foundation from its creation in 1968 until 2003. The Reed Larson Endowment Fund ultimately will have the capacity to greatly advance the Right to Work movement. The corpus or principal of an endowment fund is restricted. Only the earnings are generally available to support the operational needs and special projects of the Foundation. A gift to the Reed Larson Endowment will be a lasting tribute to the man who built and led the Right to Work movement for nearly 50 years. Many legal actions the Foundation supports will take years to reach a conclusion, possibly at the United States Supreme Court. Litigation is a long-term investment, and the Reed Larson Endowment Fund ensures that we can honor our commitments to the brave employees who stand up to compulsory unionism abuses. Contributing to the Endowment Fund is truly a fitting tribute to Reed Larson and his many years of tireless service to this great cause.
Aggressive union operatives visited Jamie Oliver’s home and upset her children during a card check organizing drive at the Dana plant in Albion, Indiana. The Foundationwon Dana decision ensures that employees subjected to a card check drive now have access to a secret ballot vote to determine unionization.
“A gift to the Reed Larson Endowment will be a lasting tribute to the man who built and led the Right to Work movement for nearly 50 years.”
A Legacy Gift to the Foundation Bill and Carol Barrows
ill and Carol Barrows have always been very special members of the Right to Work family. Bill has supported our work since 1968. Their compassion and generosity serve as an example of how our faithful supporters can make an impact on the lives of many workers who have been abused by compulsory unionism. Both Bill and Carol recognize the devastating economic consequences inherent in a forced-unionism system of government, and as freedom-loving supporters, both passionately want to lead the fight to stop the demise of individual liberty in our country. This desire has led the Barrows to the Right to Work movement, the leader in combating the abuses of compulsory unionism.
Bill and Carol have stepped up to become partners in the battle against forced unionism going forward. We have many supporters who are also committed to the financial security of the Foundation’s work. We ask that each of you review your planned giving options and decide if you can assist the Foundation with a bequest, add the Foundation in your will, or make another planned gift. Please consult your tax advisor or estate attorney before making the decision of a lifetime!
In addition to their regular giving and encouragement, Bill and Carol have stepped up once again to become charter members of the National Right to Work Foundation Legacy Society by making plans to support the Foundation through their estate. “The great thing about the planned giving program is that it allows donors to make the gift of a lifetime – in a way that meets the donor’s needs as well,” said Bill.
Larry Getz, a Dana employee who received free legal assistance from Foundation attorneys, was interviewed by Fox News and Right to Work staffers to get the word out about the dangers of coercive unionization. Foundation media coverage plays a critical role in informing workers of their rights and encouraging new plaintiffs to step forward to challenge union abuses.
Ways of Giving Many Ways You Can Support the Work of the Foundation Americans are well-known for volunteering their time, energy, and financial resources for the benefit of worthy causes in which they whole-heartedly believe. The outstanding individuals who support the work of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation are no exception. Planned giving and careful estate planning go hand-in-hand with preserving economic stability for you and your loved ones. Here are a number of methods that can assist the work of the Foundation. You should consult your own professional advisor before making a planned gift.
Gifts of Cash The most common form of giving to the Right to Work Foundation is in the form of cash. The Foundation is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies as publicly-supported under Sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Code. Contributions are tax deductible in the same manner as contributions to a church or university. Businesses, foundations, and individual donors assist the work of the Foundation every day.
Foundation President Mark Mix made several television appearances to discuss troubling pro-Big Labor giveaways hidden in the text of the recent health care overhaul.
Gifts of Securities
Giving Through Living Trusts
It is important to contemplate a planned gift in your overall financial planning process. While gifts of cash are vital and always graciously received, gifts of appreciated stocks or other securities (held for more than one year) allow the donor to avoid capital gains taxes and make you eligible for a charitable income tax deduction up to your AGI limits.
In addition to a will, a revocable living trust is a practical way to help facilitate the management and distribution of your property. Trust arrangements may provide significant probate expense savings and speed the process of estate settlement. You may consider setting up a living trust ultimately to be distributed to the Foundation as part of your estate plans.
Giving Through Your Will
Giving Through Gift Annuities
The will is one of the most popular planned giving vehicles for making a long term gift to the Foundation. For each multi-million dollar charitable bequest you read about in the news, there are countless smaller gifts arranged by supporters who strongly believe in a particular charitable cause. Charitable bequests help build and maintain the economic stability of the Right to Work Foundation.
A charitable gift annuity can be used by donors who wish to make a meaningful gift to the Foundation, but also to provide for their future financial well-being. A gift annuity makes it possible for you to transfer cash or marketable securities, such as stocks or bonds (including mutual funds), to the Foundation today. In exchange, you or someone you designate will receive fixed payments for life. (Charitable gift annuities are not available in all states.)
Newspapers and television stations across the Carolinas covered a groundbreaking Foundation lawsuit against the United Auto Worker unionâ€™s corrupt deal with Freightliner Corporation. In exchange for cuts in wages and benefits, company officials agreed to hand over employees for unionization.
In Memoriam A Tribute to Norma R. Lineberger (1926-2009)
his is Norma’s law. This admirable and dedicated woman spent her lifetime fulfilling her dreams and passion for freedom of choice. She truly believed that hard-working Americans deserved to prosper from their own labor, and each individual deserved the Right to Work free from compulsory unionism. We honor Norma Lineberger for the exemplary American she personified through a giving spirit and a passion for the law. She not only contributed generously to the National Right to Work Foundation, but she devoted countless hours of her time as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, attending every meeting and offering her leadership and encouragement.
Norma quietly fought her most difficult battle with leukemia and other ailments, passing away in September 2009. We honor Norma Lineberger for her family and religious devotion, her giving spirit, and leadership. We will cherish her memory for years to come. Her final generous gift to the Foundation, in the form of a bequest, will serve as a lasting memorial tribute to assist the Foundation’s future court battles against excessive union power, something Norma believed in so strongly throughout her life.
It is never too late to start. It is always too soon to quit.
With the help of Right to Work attorneys, Houston nurses are fighting a corrupt bargain between their hospitals and a California union aimed at forcing medical professionals into union ranks. The nurses’ fight is the latest example of a national trend towards backroom organizing that Foundation litigators are challenging in several different workplaces.
Looking to the Future: A Program to Build Precedents
ll of us here at the Foundation are humbled and encouraged by the generous support we receive from tens of thousands of supporters from all walks of life, contributing to help our expert attorneys provide free legal aid to thousands of employees each year. The broad base of support from individual donors who make small contributions, as well as support from private foundations, public foundations, and planned gifts, allows the Foundation to execute our legal and public information programs. The Foundation’s strategic legal program continues to build upon legal precedents to defend individual freedom right now and for decades to come. It is vital that we maintain our momentum as we face an onslaught of compulsory unionism schemes as union officials press forward to seek greater forced unionism power over workers.
As we move forward, we know union officials will come after even more forced dues from America’s dedicated workers like nurses in Minnesota who refuse to abandon their patients during a union boss-ordered strike; a retired Marine now serving as an ROTC instructor in Massachusetts who was told he couldn’t continue teaching if he didn’t join the union; or a home-based health care worker in Michigan who now must pay union fees in order to take care of sick children. With your help, we can and do help these and thousands of other courageous workers who are stepping up to challenge the coercive tactics of union bosses. As a supporter of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, your generous partnership with us in our past victories and in the future will help ensure that litigation now underway will be carried to a successful conclusion while permitting us to launch new offensives against coercive union power. You make the difference!
On a blustery December afternoon, Delta employees picketed Association of Flight Attendants union headquarters in Washington, DC. Foundation attorneys are helping several of the protesters challenge an underhanded rule change that allows a minority of airline employees to impose unionization on their coworkers.
Board of Trustees Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Frederick C. Fowler, III
Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees Duncan Scott
Board of Trustees G. Steven Allen Steve Antosh Eva Lynne Disbro William H. DuRoss, III Dr. Frederick Fowler, III Ethelmae C. Humphreys Reed E. Larson Mark A. Mix Brent L. Reynolds Duncan Scott Charles R. Serio Victor Senese Kirk Shelley Jon Sween
President Mark A. Mix
Vice President & Secretary-Treasurer Raymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr.
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