The Disturbing Cost of Right-to-Work Laws

The national spotlight is on Wisconsin again as political leaders in Madison debate the merits of making us a right-to-work state. Unfortunately, many involved in this discussion are not fully aware of the negative implications of such a law.

As opposed to what the term implies, right-to-work actually has nothing to do with the right of a person to seek or accept gainful employment. Rather, right-to-work laws prohibit a labor union and private sector employer from negotiating union security clauses that regulate the collection of union dues.

In non-right-to-work states, such as Wisconsin, employers and unions enter into a private contract that requires every person benefiting from the contract to pay union dues. In right-to-work states, payment of dues is optional for workers represented by the union. There are now 24 states with right-to-work laws; most of those states are in the South and the West.  Read More