ON-Lion Letter

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Harris v. Quinn ruling in late June, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF) in Springfield, Va., is offering free legal aid to home-care and child-care providers across the country who are subject to forced unionization.

Harris, in which NRTWLDF represented eight Illinois care providers, struck down a scheme pushed by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and current Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn that forced providers to pay union dues.  The Supreme Court ruled that forcing Illinois caregivers to pay union dues violates their First Amendment rights.

Home-care and/or child-care unionization schemes have been established in at least 18 other states.  NRTWLDF is currently assisting home-care or child-care providers in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Michigan who wish to refrain from joining or financially supporting unwanted unions.

NRTWLDF believes that the Harris precedent can be used to challenge home-care and child-care unionization schemes nationwide. 

“After examining the Harris decision, our staff attorneys have concluded that the Supreme Court’s ruling can be used to challenge coercive home-care unionization schemes in states across the country,” said NRTWLDF vice president and legal director Ray LaJeunesse.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports NRTWLDF.

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