Right To Work Laws – A Threat to Your Ability to Earn a Living

What is Right To Work?

It doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a job, or provide any freedom in your workplace that you don’t already have. Right To Work laws do two simple things:

1. RTW laws say you can opt out of being a member of your Union

  • You already have this right in any state, whether or not they have Right To Work
  • In a non-RTW state like Minnesota, you can opt out of being a Union member, but are required to at least pay the cost of representation

2. RTW laws say you can opt out of the Union AND pay nothing for your representation

  • The Union is legally required to provide all services, and represent the people that pay nothing, just like they were a full member – these free riders get all the benefits, pension, health care, Union protection, and other services and pay nothing for it

What Happens to Unions in Right To Work States?

Big corporations are pushing these laws to entice Union members to stop paying dues while forcing the Unions to continue to provide full services. The Union can’t survive doing this, and that is the point, they are using this law to try to put Unions out of business.

Right To Work is Spreading to the Midwest

  • Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan – all are now Right To Work states
  • Minnesota is entirely surrounded by Right To Work states
  • Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri are under serious threat of becoming Right To Work

What Happens to Me When My Union is Crippled Financially?

  • The Union doesn’t have the resources to enforce or defend our contracts – which means employers might ignore the contract requirements for pay, for benefits, and work rules
  • Some employers will move to get out of our benefit funds, lower wages, and get out of our agreements if they sense the Union has no resources to push back
  • When the Union loses resources that allow us to supply skilled workers and training to employers – this hurts employers too, and hurts our ability to provide value to them
  • If we lose employers, that means we lose money going into our pension and health funds – eventually those benefit funds will collapse and we could lose them
  • The voice that you have on the job will be diminished – the evidence shows you will work harder, less safely, for less money in a Right to Work state

Right To Work Drives Down Wages – Look at the Facts

Right To Work Wage Declines

The States with the Highest Average Income for Equipment Operators

  1. Hawaii

  2. Illinois

  3. California

  4. New York

  5. Alaska


The States with the Lowest Average Income for Equipment Operators

  1. Mississippi

  2. Arkansas

  3. Georgia

  4. North Carolina

  5. Alabama