If Teachers Have a Constitutional Right to Disagree Publicly With Union Negotiators, They Also Have a Right Not to Bankroll the Union

On December 20, 2015, in NILRR Research, by Stan Greer

Among the many brazen power grabs, successful and unsuccessful, Big Labor has assayed over the years, a so-called “unfair labor practice” complaint filed by teacher union bosses against the City of Madison, Joint School District 8, with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) back in the early 1970’s must surely be one of the most […]

The ‘Facile Generalization That There Is No Constitutionally Protected Right to Public Employment Is to Obscure the Issue’

On November 15, 2015, in NILRR Research, by Stan Greer

In their November 6 merits brief in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (accessible at the first link below), a team of government union lawyers led by David Frederick of the Inside-the-D.C. Beltway firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel make extraordinary explicit and implicit claims regarding how much power over individual educators state […]

Federal Union Lawyers Rediscover Freedom of Non-Association   

On July 16, 2015, in Fact Sheets, by Stan Greer

By Repudiating Their Monopoly Privileges, Union Officials Can Restore Their Own Ability to Choose Who May Join A little more than three decades ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan’s majority opinion in Roberts v. U.S. Jaycees[1] cited several ways in which government actions may “unconstitutionally infringe upon” an individual’s “freedom to speak, to worship, […]

Freedom to Bankroll or Not Bankroll a Union ‘Protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution’

On July 18, 2014, in NILRR Research, by Stan Greer

As has been widely reported in media coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 30 ruling in Harris v. Quinn, the 37-year-old High Court precedent that first upheld the constitutionality of laws and other public policies authorizing the termination of public employees for refusal to pay union dues or fees for bargaining activities appears to […]

For Unions, Labor Day Is About Grabbing More Power

On September 1, 2012, in Forced-Dues for Politcs, News Clips, Right To Work, by CLJ

Mark Mix president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, writes in investors.com Labor Day editorial:         Most Americans realize that Labor Day is about celebrating workers, not union bosses. But that won’t stop Big Labor’s apologists from seizing the spotlight to demand more power. Fact is, modern unions are built on the […]

‘Shroom Producers Get 1st Amendment Rights, not U.S. employees

On July 20, 2012, in Fact Sheets, News Clips, by NILRR Staff

First Amendment Equally Protects Rights of Independent-Minded Workers, Business Owners  Dissenting Workers Should Be Free to Refuse to Bankroll ‘Messages . . . Favored by a Majority’   (Download Fact Sheet) Last month, in his majority opinion in Knox v. Service Employees International Union Local 1000, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito observed that, in virtually all cases concerning private organizations other than labor […]