January 11, 2016
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher
New York, NY – Right-to-work laws hurt workers and weaken labor unions. The term has nothing to do with that right but a lot to do with targeting all workers to work for less. In Right-to-work states labor standards and salaries are reduced and unions ability to negotiate benefits for employees are reduced. Providing a vehicle for workers to earn living wages and benefits is critical for a stable family and country. Right-to-work laws reduce union influence which results in less benefits and no job security for workers.
Unions have fought for years for policies we now take for granted. Organized labor was the driving force for the enactment of workplace safety regulations, elimination of child labor in the USA, and the legislation of overtime laws. Weakening unions makes it easier to undermine these programs and policies. Without a union, workers will no longer have a voice about working in unsafe conditions.
Right-to-work laws allows for some employees to benefit from a union without paying dues. The union represents all eligible members who will benefit from collective bargaining and all workers that gain from a labor organization should contribute to the union.
As the libertarian Foundation for Economic Education put it, "Right-to-work laws limit workers' and employers' freedom of contract. They prevent workers and employers from making mutually beneficial agreements. They don't belong in a free society."