An audio clip from this statement can be downloaded at www.nrtw.org/audio/laborday.mp3
**Springfield, VA (August 31, 2007)** – Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and National Right to Work Committee, made the following statement regarding this year’s Labor Day holiday.
The Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides free legal aid to victims of compulsory unionism abuse. The National Right to Work Committee is 2.2 million member grassroots citizens’ organization that is dedicated to the principle that no one should ever be forced to affiliate with a union in order to get or keep a job.
“While Americans hit the beaches and fire up the barbeques to celebrate Labor Day, the holiday marks a bittersweet occasion for millions of hardworking Americans forced to join or pay dues to a labor union just to get or keep a job.
“In the 28 states without a Right to Work law that makes union affiliation strictly voluntary, millions of our fellow citizens would be fired if they refused to pay union dues.
“Despite their feel-good rhetoric about standing up for workers’ rights, union officials commonly target dissenting workers. Sadly, such retaliation often takes the form of harassment, firings, and even brutal violence.
“The National Right to Work Committee has spent most of 2007 fighting two dangerous union power grabs in Congress. Right now, Big Labor is seeking the forced unionization of our nation’s police and firefighters by federal fiat. Meanwhile, union officials are working to pass a so-called ‘card check’ bill to impose aggressive new recruitment methods on America’s workers – a process which would allow union officials to bully individual workers into signing forms that are counted as ‘votes’ for unionization.
“Meanwhile, National Right to Work attorneys fought at the U.S. Supreme Court to establish that nonunion employees should not have to say ‘no’ multiple times to cut off the use of their forced dues for union political causes they abhor. In Ohio, the Foundation helped a teacher strike down a law barring union religious objectors from diverting their forced dues to a charity unless they were members of certain state-approved religions. In California, Foundation attorneys are defending a 16-year-old grocery clerk saving for college after union officials tried to get her fired for refusal to pay union dues.
“And so, as Big Labor officials dish out their tired old Labor Day propaganda, let us not forget about those rank-and-file workers who have paid a high price for standing up to union officials and exercising their individual rights.
“These workers have nothing for which to thank organized labor. This Labor Day, in fact, they are owed an apology.”