So-called “right to work” (RTW) is a legislative tactic used by corporations to severely weaken or eliminate unions by making it legal for workers who are protected by a union contract to opt out of paying membership dues.

Why is RTW such a big deal?

Membership dues help pay for the expenses the union incurs while bargaining and enforcing contracts. When workers opt out, but the union still has to represent them, it limits the union’s resources therefore weakening its ability to not only bargain good contracts, but implement safety and health programs in workplaces, lobby against legislation that threatens our work and more.

These laws are anti-union and anti-worker because they drive down everyone’s wages, benefits, and overall living standards.

States with RTW Laws Have Lower Wages and Incomes

States with RTW Laws Have Higher Workplace Fatality Rates

States with RTW Laws Have Lower Rates of Health Insurance Coverage

With millions of Americans unemployeed and underemployeed, RTW is an ill-timed distraction from the issues that really matter to working families like raising wages, affordable and accessible health care, affordable education and secure retirement.