ON-Lion Letter

The MacIver Institute in Madison, Wis., joined 81 organizations in 45 states in August to recognize employees' freedom to opt out of union membership.

National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW) is a growing effort to inform union employees about the freedoms they have to opt out of union membership and let them make the decision that's best for them.  Often, that choice is freeing themselves from union membership, becoming an agency fee payer, or identifying as a religious/conscientious objector.

"National Employee Freedom Week is a great way to highlight the options that employees have when it comes to union membership," according to Brett Healy, president of the MacIver Institute, which is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  "Employees deserve to know their rights in our state because no person should be forced to participate and pay for an organization they may not support."

According to a NEFW survey, an overwhelming majority in Wisconsin supports Healy's sentiment.  Nearly 83% of Wisconsinites said employees should have the right to leave their union without penalty.

"Unions have fought for mandatory membership for years and desperately resisted any effort to give people the freedom of choice," Healy added. "The vast majority of Wisconsinites, however, believe forced membership in a union is wrong. Once again, unions are completely out of touch with the real world."

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