“Right to work” sounds like a good idea. But in reality, these laws have nothing to do with providing rights or work. Right-to-work laws make it optional for workers protected by a union contract to help pay for the expenses that the union incurs while guaranteeing the rights of all employees. Why is that a big deal? By limiting unions’ resources and weakening the ability of workers to have a say about their jobs, these laws drive down everyone’s wages, benefits, and overall living standards.
Ignoring the facts, corporate-backed politicians are embracing these deceptive policies. They want to make every state a right-to-work state to increase profits for CEOs and hurt efforts to restore balance to our economy. With millions of Americans still unemployed, right to work is an ill-timed distraction from the issues that matter to the middle class—and the wrong choice for our states.
Wrong for workers
- These laws drive down wages by $1,500 per year for all workers, including non-union members. Learn More
Wrong for businesses
- High-tech companies that provide good-paying, American jobs favor states where unions have a strong presence, because unions provide a stable, high-skilled workforce. Learn More
Wrong for the economy
- Right to work does not improve the employment rate. In fact, these laws actually lead to a decrease in employment in certain industries. Learn More
Right to work is wrong for everyone. Get more facts on right to work.