National Right to Work Committee

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The National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC), headquartered in Virginia, describes itself as "a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens' organization dedicated to the principle that all Americans must have the right to join a union if they choose to, but none should ever be forced to affiliate with a union in order to get or keep a job." [1]

According to its 2007 financial report, NRTWC is related to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, sharing facilities and employees with the group. NRTWC shares facilities and employees with the National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation. In 2007, NRTWC also reported that its taxable subsidiary, Liberty Phone Center, had $1,179,825 in income in 2007. [2]

The National Right to Work Committee and its legal arm, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, are longtime proponents of anti-union “right to work” legislation. National Right to Work refuses to disclose its donors but the organization has steadily grown in size. It reported 20 staff and 16 million in revenue to the IRS in 2012. [3]

Koch Connection

The Koch Brothers are the conservative billionaire co-owners of Koch Industries. As two of the richest people in the world, they are key funders of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). In SourceWatch, key articles on the Kochs include: Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, Americans for Prosperity, American Encore, and Freedom Partners.

Issues

NRTWC opposes the Employee Free Choice Act, calling it "forced unionism" and claiming that it would "empower union bosses to force a business's employees to accept a union as their exclusive bargaining agent solely through the acquisition of signed union authorization cards from employees in a particular bargaining unit." [4]

NRTWC opposed the nomination of then-Congresswoman Hilda Solis as President Barack Obama's Labor Secretary. NRTWC's Mark Mix called Solis "a die-hard forced unionism activist who apparently believes that all workers should be gathered into union collectives whether they like it or not." [5] An NRTWC press release stated, "The U.S. Department of Labor is not supposed to be the U.S. Department of Big Labor. The Labor secretary should be on the side of workers, not union bosses who seek to trample workers' rights." [6]

In Colorado in 2008, NRTWC spent $300,000 in support of a "right to work" state ballot measure. [7]

Koch ties: Like ALEC which promotes right to work bills, the group has connections to the ultra-conservative Koch brothers. In 2011, President Mark Mix gave a presentation “Mobilizing Citizens for November” along with Americans for Prosperity at the 2010 Aspen meeting of Koch network of funders. See the agenda here.

Lobbying and political action committees

NRTWC spent $1,440,000 on lobbying in 2007, and $930,000 in 2008, according to its lobbying disclosure reports. [8] In its 2007 financial report to the IRS, NRTWC reported $4,871,212 in "lobbying and political expenses." [2] NRTWC's in-house lobbyists are Richard J. Clair, Jeddidiah Coburn, Dimitri N. Kesari, Raymond J. LaJeunesse Jr., Mark A. Mix, Douglass A. Stafford and Greg Mourad for the State Employee Rights Campaign Committee. [8]

NRTWC runs two political action committees, the National Right to Work Committee PAC and the State Employee Rights Campaign Committee. [8]

Personnel

NRTWC's officers, and the amount they were paid in 2007, are as follows (those with no payment specified were not compensated in 2007): [9] [10]

Financial information

In 2007, NRTWC reported $6,636,267 in income ($6,063,520 of that came from contributions), and $6,590,980 in expenses. [11]

In total, NRTWC paid its officers $506,444 in 2007, and its employees $2,460,084 (not including $168,429 in pension plans and $194,252 in other employee benefits). It reported having 181 employees in 2007. [2]

NRTWC reported $4,871,212 in "lobbying and political expenses" in 2007. The group spent $165,868 on "legislative research and strategy, public relations and membership"; and gave $232,000 to other nonprofits in 2007. [2]

Contact details

8001 Braddock Road, Suite 500
Springfield, VA 22160
Phone: (800) 325-7892
Fax: (703) 321-7342
Web: http://www.nrtwc.org

Articles and resources

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References

  1. "About NRTWC," National Right to Work Committee website, accessed March 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "National Right to Work Committee IRS form 990 for 2007," via GuideStar.org, accessed March 2009.
  3. Form 990- National Right to Work Committee, 2012.
  4. "'Card-check' forced unionism," National Right to Work Committee website, accessed March 2009.
  5. "Incoming labor secretary vows to work for 'hardworking families'," CNN.com, January 9, 2009.
  6. Press release, "Worker Advocate: Solis Nomination Slap in the Face to America's Independent Minded Workers," National Right to Work Committee, December 18, 2008.
  7. Burt Hubbard and Joanne Kelley, "Political donations skyrocket: Economic woes fail to curb cash in ballot battles," Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO), October 29, 2008.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "National Right to Work Committee," Lobbyists.info (sub req'd), accessed March 2009.
  9. "Officers," National Right to Work Committee website, accessed March 2009.
  10. "Organization report - people: National Right to Work Committee," GuideStar.org, accessed March 2009.
  11. "Organization report - financials: National Right to Work Committee," GuideStar.org, accessed March 2009.

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