Union Membership Plummets in Most Right-To-Work States


Terry Potter has an article out this past week on the insidious effect of so-called “Right to Work” laws on unionization across the country. As anticipated, the nationwide trend of enacting “right-to-work” (RTW) legislation has continued to grow – in the past few years alone, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Kentucky have joined the growing list of RTW states. In these states, and the approximately twenty others that have adopted RTW legislation, employers are prohibited from requiring employees to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment. This has caused dramatic drops in union membership over time.

If you had to pick only one reason for the vanishing middle class and the increasing gap between rich and poor in America, this would be it. Sadly, most workers don’t understand that they are voting against their own interests when they vote for “Right to Work” legislation or the politicians who push for such laws.

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