LABOR: Donors for Suits

At a recent news conference, Conservative Television Commentator William F. Buckley Jr. sonorously explained why he had successfully sued his union, AFTRA, for the right to appear on television even though he chose to quit the labor group. "Paying dues," he asserted, "is a barrier to free speech."

Buckley's case is the star attraction in a growing string of similar lawsuits against unions brought by their own members—with legal and financial help from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which is supported by corporate as well as individual donations. Labor leaders view the foundation's actions as an...

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