Judge William Foust Either Disingenuous or Ignorant Regarding Union Monopoly Bargaining

On May 2, 2016, in NILRR Research, by Stan Greer

Nearly a month after it was issued, union officials and their allies in the media and academia are still vigorously applauding Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust’s April 8 decision overturning Wisconsin’s year-old Right to Work law. Even die-hard apologists for Big Labor monopoly privileges admit Foust’s ruling in Machinists Local Lodge 1061 will almost certainly […]

Forced Fees For Harmful Union ‘Representation’ Upheld, 4-4

On April 2, 2016, in NILRR Research, by Stan Greer

In a commentary published on CNS NEWS (see the link below to read the whole thing), I point out that, in a just-resolved Supreme Court case challenging the constitutionality of forced union dues and fees in the government sector, there was ultimately no difference of opinion between the Right to Work advocates and the proponents of […]

Federally-Imposed Forced Union Dues Are Unconstitutional

On February 10, 2016, in NILRR Research, by Stan Greer

More than 70 years ago, when Steele v. Louisville & Nashville Railroad came before the U.S. Supreme Court, there was no federal law prohibiting race-based job discrimination perpetrated by employers or other private parties. As a consequence, the railroad executives who were the principal defendants in this case were able to contend that a racially discriminatory […]

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 […]

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, […]

‘Overall Success of Progressive Politics’ Is No Concern of Public Labor Policy

On June 25, 2014, in News Clips, by Stan Greer

Rock-ribbed proponents of the American employee’s personal freedom to join or not a join a union and dyed-in-the-wool advocates of compulsory unionism alike are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Harris v. Quinn, in which a decision will almost certainly be issued by June 30 at the latest. The High Court […]

First Amendment Protects a Public Servant’s Freedom Not to Join — a Labor Union

On June 1, 2014, in NILRR Research, by Stan Greer

Forty-five years ago this February, a federal court overturned North Carolina statutory provisions restricting municipal employees’ right to join, aid and assist labor organizations, finding them to be “an abridgment of the freedom of association protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments” of the U.S. Constitution. This conclusion by a three judge panel 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 […]