What is The National Right to Work Committee?
The National Right to Work Committee, established in 1955, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens’ organization dedicated to the principle that all Americans must have the right to join a union if they choose to, but none should ever be forced to affiliate with a union in order to get or keep a job.
What is the purpose of The National Right to Work Committee?
The National Right to Work Committee combats compulsory unionism through an aggressive program designed to mobilize public opposition to compulsory unionism and, at the same time, enlist public support for Right to Work legislation. Specific objectives of the program include:
- Working to secure roll-call votes on and, at the soonest possible time, enact legislation to repeal the federal labor law provisions that authorize the firing of workers who refuse to pay union-boss tribute and prevent the forced unionization of additional public employees and farm workers.
- Safeguarding Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act (that section of the national labor law which reaffirms the right of states to have Right to Work laws).
- Helping state organizations to promote, enact and protect state Right to Work laws.
Who are the members of The National Right to Work Committee?
The members of the Committee are men and women — in all walks of life, from every corner of America, union members as well as nonunion employees — who, through their voluntary contributions, support the work of the Committee.
The Committee is one of the largest public-interest groups in America. It has 2.8 million members and supporters nationwide. Moreover, poll after poll shows that nearly 80% of all Americans sympathize with the objectives of the Committee and oppose forcing workers to affiliate with a union as a job condition.
How much does it cost to join The National Right to Work Committee?
The members of the National Right to Work Committee contribute whatever they can afford. The average contribution is approximately $59.
As a taxpaying citizen, don’t I pay enough for this sort of thing already?
The National Right to Work Committee receives no tax money or government funding of any kind. The Committee is a private organization, financed entirely by the generosity of its contributors.
What are the contributions used for?
Contributions to The National Right to Work Committee are used to promote the Right to Work principle through federal and state grass-roots lobbying and public-information programs.
How does the Committee differ from The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation?
The National Right to Work Committee and The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation are separate and distinct organizations. Their work, however, is complementary. The Committee works for legislation that would outlaw all forms of forced unionization.
The Foundation, on the other hand, provides free legal aid to employees suffering from compulsory unionism abuse. Through strategic litigation, the Foundation shapes public policy by establishing new legal precedents to protect employee rights. Established in 1968, the Foundation engages in no legislative activity, and contributions are tax-deductible.