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With this development, the controversy surrounding this labor law is back. And with President Obama expressing his plans about labor law changes, Americans are again divided on the Right-to-Work issue. This is a law that allows an individual to work at any place of employment without having to be forced to join a union in order to stay employed.
It also prohibits unions and employers to get into union security agreements and make workers pay dues and other forms of payment if they do not wish to. Taft-Harley was focused on weakening the power of labor unions in the workplace.
And with the passing of RTW laws, mandatory initiation and membership fees are eradicated. However, there are arguments presented by both proponents and opponents that should be taken into consideration.
List of Pros of Right to Work 1. It gives employees the freedom to choose if they want to join a union or not. Supporters of this law assert that employees have the right to decide for themselves if they are to become union members or not.
The Right-to-Work makes this possible. Saying that this law mandates employees not to join labor unions is misconstrued. Instead, it gives workers the free will to act on their own and in effect encouraging unions to work on enticing employees to sign up for membership.
For proponents, this is better than forcing individuals to join against their will. This is a great way to ensure labor unions will negotiate better with employers on working conditions, higher wages and equality in the workplace and act in the best interest of members to keep the organization alive.
It can lower school taxes which is good for the average American earner. Another benefit pointed out by proponents is again related to unions. They maintain that with the adoption of this law, there will be lesser teacher unions as is evident in the states that have already have RTW.
Consequently, there will be lower school taxes. And since these taxes are taken from property taxes, home owners will have to pay lesser property taxes as opposed to homeowners living in states with no Right-to-Work laws.
One thing RTW does is weaken the power of unions to dictate on employees and coerce them to join. In reality, unions are money-making businesses. They collect dues from members which can be too much.
Moreover, as members, these employees cannot negotiate on their own nor can they let another labor union support them. This can lead to union monopoly.
RTW guarantees this is not going to happen. With this law, employees have the right to voluntary be a member and quit if they are unhappy with how the union works. This way, unions will be more pro-employees and genuine with providing their services to members. Advocates for RTW say that some unions monopolize particular sectors in some unions, thus affecting certain industry sectors.
Also, a big part of the collected dues from members are given to politicians for endorsements and in return they give their support to the unions and not necessarily the members benefiting from this. Lesser union members mean lesser dues collected. In the end, politicians will not have a reason to favor selected unions just so they can get election money.
List of Cons of Right to Work 1. RTW laws result to fewer union membership turnouts which can affect workers. Critics oppose Right-to-Work laws because of the effect on union memberships.Coates' Canons: NC Local Government Law.
“Employment at Will” vs. “Right to Work” States which impose no obligation on employees to join the union or even pay a portion of the union dues are right-to-work states. North Carolina is a right-to-work state. A Right to Work law secures the right of employees to decide for them whether or not to join or financially support a union.
However, employees who work in the railway or airline industries are not protected by a Right to Work law, and employees who work on a federal enclave may not be. Dec 11, · That loophole is what we now know as ‘right to work’ laws—laws that permit non-union member employees to continue to get all the benefits of union representation and protection, as is still.
A Right to Work law guarantees that no person can be compelled, as a condition of employment, to join or not to join, nor to pay dues to a labor union. Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act affirms the right of states to enact Right to Work laws.
“Union workers are more likely than their non-union counterparts to receive health care and pension benefits. Nine out of ten union members are covered by health insurance and have a pension plan — versus three-quarters of those not in a . Supporters of this law assert that employees have the right to decide for themselves if they are to become union members or not. The Right-to-Work makes this possible. Saying that this law mandates employees not to join labor unions is misconstrued. Union representatives, however, say that the reason employers support right to work is because if fewer people in the workplace are part of the union, the union becomes less effective.
Fact: Right-to-work laws make union dues voluntary. Without right-to-work laws, unions negotiate contracts that force workers to pay dues or get fired. Right-to-work laws protect workers’ freedom. Union representatives, however, say that the reason employers support right to work is because if fewer people in the workplace are part of the union, the union becomes less effective.