A Right to Work law secures the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. However, employees who work in the railway or airline industries are not protected by a Right to Work law, and employees who work on a federal enclave may not be.
The following states have a Right to Work law:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
Forced unionism is bad.
Being subject to union coercion, intimidation and in some instances, violence is just plain wrong.
From a paper by John W. Cooper (Michigan Business school student's senior thesis defending Right to Work, and opposing compulsory union membership requirements):
- Right to Work laws create jobs and spur economic activity.
- Numerous credible studies have shown that real wages in Right to Work and non-RTW states are about the same, and if anything Right to Work states have slightly higher real wages.
- The main reason to adopt Right to Work laws is that Right to Work laws spur a state’s economic activity, lead to lower unemployment and higher job growth, and make a state more attractive to business.
One should not be forced to join a union.
There is so much wrong with forced unionism.
In many ways it is plain immoral.
Forced unionism removes a person's choice in the workplace, and literally steals a portion of their their wages in the form of union dues.
Unions have used their dues in ways that some union members object to.
It is not right for someone to be compelled to pay dues to an organization that they do not agree with, or that takes said dues and gives them to other organizations that the member does not support.