Effects of Right to Work Laws on Employees, Unions, and Businesses

John Cooper
2004 Social Science Research Network  
Acknowledgements First I would like to thank my parents for being there for me while I was writing this paper. Father, your involvement with the legal profession sparked my interest in the law. You are an inspiration to me and inspired me to take on this legal topic. Mother, thank you for supporting me while I wrote this paper. Without your support and guidance I would not be where I am today. I would also like to thank those who have contributed so much to the study of Right to Work laws,
more » ... ding Baird, Dinlersoz, Ellwood, Fine, Greer, Holmes, Mishel, Moore, and Wilson, who made this paper possible. Lastly, I would like to thank Professor Siedel and my fellow senior seminar classmates for providing me with valuable insights, new ideas, and much needed perspective. Abstract Should a state adopt a Right to Work law? This question has been and continues to be hotly contested. In brief, Right to Work laws prohibit unions from including certain types of union security clauses in their contracts with companies that effectively force the company to make their employees either join the union or at least pay a proportion of their union dues as a condition of employment. Proponents of Right to Work laws point to research that says Right to Work laws have a positive effect on states that adopt them while opponents of Right to Work laws do just the opposite.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1567283 fatcat:xxlj36uz7neuniqltjp7zexrre