Right-to-work laws are becoming more popular all across the U.S. Twenty-four states have adopted these laws – for good reasons.
Every business and worker wants faster economic growth. All data indicate inordinate growth in states with “right-to-work” laws – 9.6 percent increase in employment (3 percent above the national average). The economy of right-to-work states grew ten percent more than non-right-to-work states between 2003 and 2013, and in every ten-year period since 1960 – mostly by giving employees the simple right to choose whether or not to join a union. Migration toward right-to-work states from non-right-to-work states is statistically demonstrable; it hurts the states that lose population and work, and benefits the states that gain.
Individual freedom is as valuable as the economic growth and an increase in wages. Union leaders are still free to organize employees and bargain for wages and working conditions. “Right-to-work” laws do not prohibit employees from joining a union or paying dues voluntarily. Employees will still join and pay dues to unions that help them – rather than line the pockets of bosses and politicians. The only difference is that union bosses can no longer force employees to join their union as a condition of employment or coerce them to pay dues for services they don’t approve.
Studies show that right-to-work states attract more new businesses – and the costs of living are lower - so everyone benefits. It’s time for Washington to reap these benefits and join the right-to-work states.