Right-to-work?

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?
Workers


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

R2W
Idaho
Wyoming

UNDER THREAT BY R2W
Montana

ACT TODAY:
Click here to tell your legislators to vote against HB 251 & SB 89

NO R2W
Alaska
Washington
Oregon

DID YOU KNOW?
In states that have passed right-to-work laws, Union Carpenters continue to fight for prevailing wage laws that support livable wages and work safety. 

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.

See where your state falls in the list of the best and worst places to work.

Contact a Union Representative to learn more.

Did You Know?

UBC started on job sites across the country.

Our founding president, Peter J. McGuire worked tirelessly on the job sites across the country with his fellow Carpenters to organize the union. In 1881, he organized a Chicago convention to form a union. Representatives from 11 cities joined him and they produced a constitution and structure. Learn More

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