National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

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The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, established in 1968, is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to eliminate coercive union power and compulsory unionism abuses through strategic litigation, public information, and education programs.[1]

Right-to-work principle[edit]

The Right to Work principle–the guiding concept of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation–affirms the right of every American to work for a living without being compelled to belong to a union.[2]

Right-to-work laws are statutes in effect and enforced in twenty-seven U.S. states that prohibit union security agreements between employers and workers' unions. In order to build membership and bolster their financial resources, unions often try to convince employers to include a "union security clause" in the contracts they negotiate. These clauses specify union membership and financial support requirements for employees. Security clauses are necessary, argue the unions, to support the costs of bargaining and employee representation.

Many employers mistakenly believe that they are legally required to have such clauses in their contracts, but the law does not mandate union membership or employees' financial support. A union security agreement is only a permissive topic of bargaining, not a mandatory one: The employer must agree to it before it can be enforced against employees as part of a collective bargaining agreement.[3]

Under Right-to-work laws, employees in unionized workplaces may not be compelled to join a union, nor compelled to pay for any part of the cost of union representation.


  • Mark Mix, President
  • Raymond LaJeunesse, Jr., Vice President and Legal Director

U.S. Supreme Court cases[edit]

The Foundation has represented employees in the following cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States:


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