In just over half the States in America, if a majority of
your co-workers elect to have a union represent them at work, then you must
become a member of the union too -- whether you like it or not. Nonmembers who
object to that requirement must still may union dues. However, in nearly half
of the USA (24 states, to be precise) employees in a unionized workplace may
decide for themselves whether to join the union. This is known as
"right-to-work." Employees who exercise this right are not required
to pay union dues.
Late last year, Michigan became the newest Right-to-Work
State. And, last week, Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) reintroduced the "National
Right-to-Work Act," described as a bill to preserve and protect the free
choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or
to refrain from such activities. This bill would amend both the National Labor
Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to make "right-to-work" the
law in all 50 states.
You can view a copy of the bill here.
Meanwhile, word hit yesterday that the Supreme Court has
already been asked to weigh in on the constitutionality of President Obama's
recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Last month, a federal appellate court ruled that the appointments were
unconstitutional. Lauren Smith at Roll Call has more on this developing
This article was originally published on Eric B. Meyer's blog, The Employer
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