Right to Work for Less

With the political changes of the Minnesota Legislature it may be time to review the arguments which organized labor historically makes when the issue of begins to creep into media discussions. Looking ahead to the new legislative session, there may be an effort to make Minnesota a "Right to Work State." Let's be prepared.

To set the record (and the name) straight, right to work for less doesn’t guarantee any rights. In fact, by weakening unions and collective bargaining, it destroys the best job security protection that exists: the union contract. Meanwhile, it allows workers to pay nothing and get all the benefits of union membership. Right to work laws say unions must represent all eligible employees, whether they pay dues or not. This forces unions to use their time and members’ dues money to provide union benefits to free riders who are not willing to pay their fair share.

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