Right-to-Work

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Right-to-Work

Legislation at the state level in the United States prohibiting union shops, which are companies in which the employer agrees to require union membership from employees after a probationary period. In effect, right-to-work laws allow employees to benefit from union agreements without paying union dues. Right-to-work laws are controversial; both proponents and opponents claim that they reduce union power. The argument is over whether or not this is a good thing.
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Although more Americans approve than disapprove of unions, they also widely support right-to-work laws.
However, some of the factors which affect union density, including right-to-work laws, are better measured cross-sectionally.
The only thing Right-to-Work laws give you is the right to work for less money.
By allowing employees to enjoy the benefits of a union contract without the costs of union membership, right-to-work laws can reduce not only the demand for memberships but also the supply as unions lose incentives to organize and maintain bargaining units.
Wolfson's study is the first by an Indiana expert to comprehensively examine the impact a right-to-work law will have on Indiana's economy.
79) Michael Pierce addresses how racism played a decisive role in Arkansas' political climate in the 1950s (the first US right-to-work law was passed there in 1944).
MICHIGAN REPUBLICANS ARE ANGERED at public employee unions--and public employers--that scrambled to sign long-term contracts before the state's new right-to-work law went into effect March 28.
Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa on Michigan's passage of a right-to-work law, CNN, December 12
But the symbolism of having a right-to-work law in Michigan -- it's tremendously important.
Passing a right-to-work law didn't succeed, but they're going to try again in the House.
They examine the change in the value of corporations in Idaho after right-to-work laws were adopted in 1985 and in Louisiana after a right-to-work law was passed in 1976.
Phil Gramm, R-Texas, in arguing for the right-to-work law, asked: ``Should a man or a woman in the greatest and freest country in the history of the world be forced to join a union to have a right to work?