by James Sherk, Andrew Kloster
The Heritage Foundation
August 27, 2014
Backgrounder
Union contracts often compel employees to pay union dues or lose their jobs. Twenty-four states have passed “right-to-work” (RTW) laws which prevent companies from firing workers who do not pay union dues. RTW laws expand personal freedom while boosting investment and job creation, but unions oppose them because they cost the unions money and members. The government should not force workers to pay for unwanted union representation. In this Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, James Sherk and Andrew Kloster explain how RTW laws work, and clarify the legal confusion surrounding the validity of local RTW ordinances. Currently, only states have RTW laws on the books, but there is a good argument to be made that cities and counties in non-RTW states can pass their own RTW ordinances. Such ordinances would make these localities magnets within their state for business development.



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