First, the good news.
Fresh off the heels of our United States Supreme Court victory in Knox v. SEIU, I thought I'd share with you some of the facts and figures from a memo our Legal Director recently sent me.
Since 1968, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation's strategic litigation program has provided free legal aid to workers to fulfill two primary objectives:
1) To enforce employees' existing legal rights against forced unionism abuses; and
2) To win new legal precedents expanding these rights and protections.Foundation attorneys have argued at the Supreme Court fifteen times and won several major cases including Hudson,Abood, Ellis, Lehnert, Beck, Miller, Davenport, and Knox.
These precedents have helped to protect workers nationwide from the ills of compulsory unionism but barely scratch the surface of the Foundation's legal aid program:
>> Foundation attorneys have won or settled favorably approximately 2,683 cases;
>> Foundation attorneys have assisted approximately 20,564 individual clients;
>> Foundation attorneys have assisted more than 416,000 workers in thirty-three certified class action lawsuits;
>> The largest recovery to date in a Foundation-supported lawsuit was $8.3 million from AFSCME for about 53,000 Pennsylvania state employees in Hohe v. Casey;
>> The largest class that Foundation attorneys have assisted is 102,122 nonunion home care providers inWest v. SEIU, in which about $8 million dollars was recovered for 97,445 of those class members;
>> The second largest class that Foundation attorneys assisted was 97,310 private sector agency-fee payers for whom $2.4 million was recovered in Abrams v. CWA.None of this would be possible without the generosity and commitment to our cause by concerned citizens like you.
But there is no time to rest on our laurels.
I hope you understand the severity of the threat you and still face in the coming months.
The union bosses are scheming to unleash their biggest political spending blitz ever to re-elect President Barack Obama and take over Congress, state legislatures, and governor's mansions with forced-unionism proponents.
I'm particularly concerned about the prospect of Big Labor's forced-dues political machine targeting Right to Work supporters in key races this November.
Your Foundation is prepared to prosecute cases against union activists who illegally seize and spend forced-dues money to promote their radical political agenda.
Meanwhile, we're continuing to defend Right to Work laws in court from spurious Big Labor legal assaults.
And we're going to keep taking the fight to the union bosses and their enablers in government with lawsuits, NLRB charges, FEC complaints, and exposure in the media.
That's why your continued support is so crucial.
I hope you understand how much is at stake.
P.S. The Foundation relies completely on voluntary contributions from its supporters to provide free legal aid.
Please chip in with a tax-deductible contribution of $10 or more today to support the Foundation's programs