Center for American Progress Action Fund
May 14th, 2015
Anti-union state and local policymakers in communities across the
country are attacking an already weakened labor movement by enacting
so-called right-to-work laws that inhibit workers from bargaining for
better wages and benefits. Wisconsin became the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law this spring. Following on its heels, the Republican-led Missouri
legislature enacted a similar law yesterday. And where statewide
legislation has previously failed, a new strategy has emerged among
anti-union lawmakers. These laws are going local in Kentucky and
Illinois, with city and county governments enacting ordinances to create
local right-to-work zones.
Numerous studies show
that these laws harm all workers—regardless of their union
status—without stimulating any additional job creation. Moreover, it is doubtful that the new, local right-to-work zone ordinances are legal.