The Freedom to Work principle affirms the right of every American to work for a living without being compelled to affiliate with a union. Compulsory union membership or dues in any form contradict the fundamental human right represented by that principle. Every individual must have the right, but must not be compelled, to join or financially support a labor union.
The Freedom to Work without being forced to join or pay dues to a union is a basic civil right. While other civil rights laws protect employees from being discriminated against or fired based on membership or nonmembership in a certain race, creed, color, or sex, a Freedom to Work law prohibits job discrimination on the basis of membership or nonmembership, or financial support or nonsupport, of a private labor organization.