What is Right-to-Work?
“Right-to-work” (R2W) laws are state laws that prohibit union security agreements between employers and labor unions.
A union security agreement is an important part of a collective bargaining agreement that defines the employer and union terms around the collection of dues and fees that are used to invest back into the workforce with programs like apprenticeships, continuing education, health and welfare, and workplace safety.
How do right-to-work laws impact unions?
Right-to-work laws are designed to weaken unions, reduce our ability to capture work, and lower the wages and benefits we work so hard for. Don’t be fooled by the name, “right-to-work” laws undercut working communities.
Who does it hurt?
How does it hurt workers?
Through the elimination of:
- Fair wages and benefits
- Bargaining rights
- Political representation
- Workplace safety
- Job security
- Skills training
Right-to-work uses “freedom to choose” to undermine the power of the workforce:
- Requires unions to provide services for free, undercutting their resources;
- creates a divisive membership, splitting workers by dues-paying versus not;
- reduces the number of workers contributing to services (i.e., job site protections); and
- eliminates resources with the intent to destroy labor unions.
Who does it benefit?
Developers and corporations
How does it benefit developers and corporations?
Profit margin increase through the elimination of things like:
- Fair wages
- Pension plan contributions
- Healthcare benefits
- Training requirements
- Safety regulations
What can you do?
- Vote in favor of labor-friendly laws and representatives.
- Educate your co-workers, friends, and family about the negative impacts of R2W laws.
- Take an active role in your local union.
STATUS IN OUR REGIONAL COUNCIL
UNDER THREAT BY R2W
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WORK IN A R2W STATE?
You can still form a union to collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. Learn about your rights under the National Labor and Relations Act.
Contact a Union Representative to learn more.