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The National Institute for Labor Relations Research annually awards the  William B. Ruggles Right to Work Scholarship, which honors the esteemed Texas journalist who coined the phrase “Right to Work” and contributed greatly to the movement’s advancement. A $2,000 scholarship is awarded to the student who exemplifies the dedication to principle and high…(Read More)

In a protest over contract talks Chicago Teacher Union officials are expecting to shut down schools on April 1.  Juan Perez Jr. has the story in the Chicago Tribune Online. “We will not go to work on April 1. We will close the schools on April 1,” Sharkey said. “What we would hope is that…(Read More)


(click here to download Labor Union Political Spending Fact Sheet) (Springfield, Va.) – The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) has released a new analysis conservatively estimating that Big Labor spent nearly $1.7 billion on politics and lobbying in 2013 and 2014.  The NILRR analysis relies on reporting forms filed by union officials themselves…(Read More)

(Labor Day Press Release) Big Labor turns focus further from “workplace representation” to electioneering (Washington, DC) – The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) has released a new analysis outlining Big Labor’s political spending for the last election cycle. Using data compiled from U.S. Department of Labor union financial disclosure (LM-2) forms…(Read More)

On the Waterfront II


Could this Port Strike Be Big Labor’s Last Hurrah?  With union membership at an all-time low, and the economy anemic at best, could the Portland strike break Big Labor’s grip on business forever?  The chance the President will intervene when the nation’s ports are closed down is nil.  With an 85…(Read More)

GUEST COMMENTARY: The ethical case for right-to-work For decades, federal and state labor laws that compel the individual employee to allow an unwanted union to negotiate his or her terms of employment have been defended by many of their proponents on the grounds that such statutes promote “democracy” in the workplace. This contention…(Read More)

On February 26, 2010 the National Institute for Labor Relations Research received, as a donation, documents partially fulfilling a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that had been made by the National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation to the United States Department of Energy. The documents consist of all non-career employees’ EO 13490…(Read More)