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Over the past two decades, the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) has documented the harm inflicted on workers and society by compulsory unionism. Studies published by NILRR have shown that legal sanctions for forced-union dues are correlated with lower real average earnings, below-average growth in the number of people with employment-based health benefits, higher real poverty rates, and higher taxes. And NILRR’s ever-growing library of Right to Work-related material offers a unique resource for scholars in the field of labor-management relations. But to sustain its educational program and to maintain and update its library, NILRR needs help from the public to support its mission.
If you want to help, please send your gift via mail, or have any questions or comments, direct correspondence to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, Attention: Stan Greer, Senior Research Associate, 5211 Port Royal Road, Suite 510, Springfield, Virginia 22151, Tel. (703) 321-9606. Your gift means that we can continue to provide these vital services.
A copy of NILRR’s financial statement is available, upon request, from the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
## Your gift today is needed to ensure that NILRR can continue as a non-profit, educational research facility.
More than 40 years ago, Friederich Hayek recognized in Chapter 18 of The Constitution of Liberty that union officials in the United States were in a position to:
exercise almost unlimited pressure on the employer and that, particularly where a great amount of capital has been invested in specialized equipment, . . . practically expropriate the owner and command nearly the whole return of his enterprise.
Since passage of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935, countless employers of all sizes, nationwide, have been subjected to the power of union labor monopolies acting as “exclusive representatives” of their employees. Business owners and entrepreneurs justly complain that their efforts to make their businesses successful are hamstrung by union bosses. But the fact is, as Hayek also wrote in the same chapter:
Whatever true coercive power unions may be able to wield over employers is a consequence of this primary power of coercing other workers; the coercion of employers would lose most of its objectionable power if unions were deprived of this power to exact unwilling support.
The information NILRR has gathered and analyzed is massive. And the volume of information only promises to increase.
As historians examine the files of labor-management and labor-individual employee conflict in the latter half of the 20th Century and into the 21st, where else will they be able to follow the continuing story of the battle against compulsory unionism but in the studies and the library of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research?
NILRR is where the most information that is relevant to the battle over compulsory unionism can be found – information gathered during the over half century that the battle has been fought.
NILRR studies expose compulsory unionism’s baneful impact on private-business employees and employers, taxpayers, schoolteachers and other educators, and electoral politics. Studies issued over the past year have also documented intensifying employee opposition to forced unionism and the political benefits elected officials accrue by opposing it.
## Contributions to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research are Tax-Deductible.
The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c) (3) educational, research organization. It is further classified as a publicly-supported charity under Sections 509(a) (1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Code. NILRR’s Tax Identification Number (also known as Employee Identification Number or EIN) is 52-1303565.
Contributions and grants are tax deductible under Section 170 of the Code and are welcome from individuals, foundations, and corporations. NILRR will provide documentation to substantiate tax-deductibility of a contribution or grant, upon request.
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## No Government Funding
The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) does not receive any government funding. It relies exclusively on voluntary contributions from the general public.
## Constituency and Criteria for Measuring Success
The primary function of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) is to serve as an educational research facility for the general public, journalists, scholars and students. NILRR’s resources are especially useful for Americans who are actively involved in the fight against compulsory unionism.
Therefore, not only academics and journalists, but also “think tanks,” activists, and appointed or elected officials who are willing to stand up for the Right to Work principle are key constituents of NILRR.
NILRR succeeds whenever it provides pro-Right to Work citizens with the analysis and research necessary to make their case effectively.
But NILRR also shares its educational analysis and research with pro-forced unionism apologists, academics, journalists and politicians, and with others who purport to be “neutral” on the forced-unionism issue, thus stimulating debate in the public square.
Over the past year, NILRR studies have been distributed to many members of Congress; to labor attorneys and professors; to leaders of major lobbying organizations, think tanks, and professional educators’ groups; and to other segments of the general public.
Such individuals and groups bear witness to NILRR’s success whenever they confront union officials or forced-unionism apologists with the inconvenient facts documented in NILRR publications.
NILRR also succeeds by recruiting university and independent scholars to do objective research and analysis regarding the impact of compulsory unionism on American employees, businesses and taxpayers.
## Mission Statement
The primary function of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) is to act as an educational research facility for the general public, key decision-makers, journalists, scholars and students. It provides analysis and research necessary to expose the inequities of compulsory unionism.
It publishes studies, articles, and briefing papers designed to stimulate research and discussion with easy-to-read summaries of current events. NILRR conducts nonpartisan analysis and study for the benefit of the general public and recruits university and independent scholars to do objective research regarding the impact of compulsory unionism on American employees, businesses and taxpayers.
NILRR may render free aid to individuals suffering from government over-regulation of labor relations and provides education assistance through scholarships to those individuals who have proven themselves qualified.
It is high time that self-interested union officials be confronted with the facts on how their brand of unionism has failed to improve general conditions for workers. With an intensive program of study and education, the National Institute for Labor Relations Research intends to do just that.