Right to Work

The “Right to Work” laws dictate that unions must represent every eligible employee, whether he or she pays dues or not. “Right to Work” does away with the union security clause, an agreement that requires all workers who receive the benefits of a collective bargaining agreement to pay their share of the costs. In other words, “Right to Work” laws allow workers to pay nothing and still receive all the benefits of union membership. These laws are designed to weaken collective bargaining strength and ultimately destroy the union movement. 

Key Points

  • “Right to Work” laws are unfair to union members who pay their dues.
  • “Right to Work” does not guarantee anyone a job and it does not protect against unfair firing.
  • Workers in states with “Right to Work” laws earn lower wages, 15.2 percent less per year.
  • “Right to Work” states spend less on education.
  • “Right to Work” states have higher workplace fatality rates. 

Take Action

Union members should vote against “Right to Work” laws. Stand up for your right to work in safe environments and earn better pay.

For more information or a quick fact sheet about “Right to Work” laws, click here.