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Cullen Opposes Forced Unionism

August 19, 2018
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

Dear John,

They ran a $53,000 smear campaign against her husband.

And she was forced to fund them.

For years, Debora Nearman, a public sector employee in the state of Oregon, was offered the choice between paying compulsory union fees to SEIU officials...or losing her job.

That's no choice at all.

Never mind that the union actively opposed her personal views.

Never mind that union brass organized an aggressive campaign against her husband when he ran for state office.

Debora was required to associate with and financially support SEIU anyway.

Refusing to let the union hierarchy's forced-fees privileges squelch her First Amendment rights, Debora came to your National Right to Work Foundation for free legal aid.

Foundation staff attorneys helped her file a federal lawsuit in April to bring union bosses' abuses to light.

Two months later the Foundation won the monumental Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision, freeing government employees from forced union fees.

Finally, Debora was free to exercise her rights without the threat of being fired.

And she is the first public sector employee to receive a refund of forced fees under the new Janus precedent.

With the writing on the wall, SEIU officials were forced to settle her federal lawsuit, returning nearly $3,000 in over two years' worth of union fees they had seized without her consent.

Debora's refund is the first of what should be hundreds of millions of dollars for public employees because of Janus.

Your Foundation is representing tens of thousands of other government employees in lawsuits seeking the return of their hard-earned money.

Union bosses won't rest easy as their coercive reign is overthrown - but neither will you and I.

Thousands of workers just like Debora are still trapped by Big Labor's schemes to retain their forced-fees power and circumvent the law.

You and I understand that no worker should have to choose between paying tribute to Big Labor or being fired.

Union bosses must be held accountable when they abuse workers' First Amendment rights.

Your support has allowed us to seek justice for independent-minded workers at the highest court in the nation.

And with your continued help, the Foundation can continue the fight against compulsory unionism in America.

Thank you,

Mark Mix
President, National Right to Work

P.S. With the Foundation's legal action, Debora held union bosses accountable and received the first refund of forced union fees as a result of our Supreme Court victory in Janus.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses.  The Foundation, which can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-336-3600, is assisting thousands of employees in nearly 200 cases nationwide. The Foundation's mailing address is 8001 Braddock Road, Springfield, Virginia 22160. Its web address is www.nrtw.org/.

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