Free Choice for Workers: A History of the Right to Work Movement

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Jameson Books, 2005 - Political Science - 283 pages
This is a captivating chronicle of the fifty-year "David-Goliath" struggle between the bosses of Big Labor and Americans opposed to their coercive power.Few Americans realize their freedom to say "no" to compulsory unionism is largely the result of the valiant efforts of the National Right to Work Committee and its Legal Defense Foundation. Big business and the Republican Party have usually avoided the battle, leaving only Right to Work and its hundreds of thousands of grass roots supporters to defend employee freedom to get or keep their jobs without being forced to pay dues or join a union.Leef's narrative covers the New Deal legislation that gave Big Labor its initial monopoly power, and then the inspiring, decades-long struggle in Washington and the states to reduce the abusive power of labor bosses.The book also teaches a crucial lesson for those involved in public policy wars, regardless of their political philosophy -- that principled and dedicated idealists can prevail against strong special interest groups if they fight for a just cause.

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on e How Compulsory Unionism Invaded
two Right to Work Laws and the Origin
three The Battle of Midway Under the Capitol Dome

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George Leef is the executive director of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. A graduate of Duke University Law School, he has written widely on public policy subjects includng education, labor law, eminent domain, and the economics of the legal profession.

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