Unions and Labor Standards

EPI research on ‘right to work’

Michigan has become the 24th state with a “right to work” law, which makes it illegal for collective bargaining agreements to require nonunion employees to pay fees. Since the actual effect of RTW laws is to restrict workers’ rights—by making it illegal for them to enter voluntary contracts with unions to collect union dues—the name of these laws is very misleading. Even more misleading, however, are claims that these laws boost a state’s economy.

With RTW a controversial economic issue that will continue to be hotly debated in 2013, here is some of EPI’s recent work on the topic:


Economic Snapshots

Blog posts and commentary

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