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Voters in AL & VA May Add the 'Right to Work' to Their State Constitutions

by Countable | 10.31.16

Twenty-six states currently have what are known as “right to work” laws, which let workers choose whether or not they want to join a union. Just 10 of those states have enshrined that policy in their state constitution, but this November, voters in two more states will decide whether or not to join that list: Alabama and Virginia.

In Favor

Workers shouldn’t be required to join a union and pay dues in order to get or keep a job, especially when union dues are often spent on political advocacy that the worker may not agree with. A constitutional amendment would hopefully provide a permanent protection for workers.

Opposed

Forced unionization is the only way to ensure that all workers pay their fair share to support the union that collectively bargains on their behalf for better wages and benefits. Otherwise workers who aren’t in the union will get similar benefits without chipping in.

Learn more

Read more about the Alabama ballot referendum here →

Read more about the Virginia ballot referendum here →

— Eric Revell

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  • Danny
    10/31/2016
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    If a company you work for goes union, you are fool for not wanting better pay, good insurance and a pension!

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  • Danny
    10/31/2016
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    Right to work is a false slogan. It's a way to bust up the unions. If you want to make less money fine but leave union members alone

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  • Bob
    10/31/2016
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    "Right to work" should be called "Right to Freeload". You're still a member of the union, getting the benefits and protections of union membership, without paying the dues. It would be like someone running a restaurant, but the law stated that paying for your meal would be voluntary. The purpose of these laws is to break up unions, removing workplace protections.

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  • Anna
    11/01/2016
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    R2W is a sham! The only thing it does is break unions, lowers pay, cuts benefits and lowers safety standards. It's the republican way for more corporate welfare! It was forced on us in Michigan by a governor who has forced Emergency managers on us and poisoned us. DO NOT let it happen in your state.

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  • Jj
    11/01/2016
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    Only fools would do something to remove their own civil rights as American workers!

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  • Danny
    11/01/2016
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    If you work for a non union company in a union state, you would make way less money, Mark

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  • Jj
    11/01/2016
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    I have been a union steward in Az another right to work for NOTHING state and it hard to fight the corporation in a union state and three times harder in mine! I have noticed that anti union folk have never enjoyed the benefits of a union! Their lose and the rest of us suffer for the ignorance! Google union history please!

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  • Melissa
    11/05/2016
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    "Right to work" = "right to work for less". These laws are just another way for corporations to exploit their workers, by making it harder for unions to protect workers. I thank god for my union every day. I would quit my teaching job without it. If I didn't live in a strong union state, I would leave. #unionstrong

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  • John
    11/04/2016
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    As many have said, "right to work" is a scam. It benefits no one but the businesses that no longer have to pay negotiated wages, and the politicians who took the bribes to pass this garbage! If a job is union and you don't like unions, no one is telling you you have to work there. The reality is, you are interested in that job because it pays better and has better benefits, and the reason for that is because of unions.

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  • Michael
    11/01/2016
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    Right to work means right to get shit on. You're a blind retarded sheep if you support these bills. They only serve to make the rich richer.

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  • Jason
    11/02/2016
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    Right to work for less! The cost of good & services consistently go up, but the wages of American workers go down? Something's not adding up...

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  • Mark
    11/01/2016
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    I live in VA. I do enjoy the benefits of a union and I "enjoy" the problems of their existence. No one should be forced to join them ever. If I move to a state that requires me to join a union then I will not work for a unionized company. Forced union dues is nothing more than government sponsored slavery.

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  • Mark
    11/02/2016
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    Danny, at a non union company they can fire the worthless shits, where as with a union company the union with it's greedy corrupt hands makes it near impossible to get rid of people who refuse to perform the job.

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  • AngryInfidel
    11/01/2016
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    Forced anything is inherently problematic. Workers who want to join unions should be able to but not joining should not keep people from getting a job. If they want to forego collective bargaining, so be it. Unions had their day. Time to move on.

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  • Sherry
    11/01/2016
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    No one in any state should be required to join any club or organization to work.

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  • Abel
    11/01/2016
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    I'm not for the government intervening in private contracts specifically to break up worker associations. That's just wrong. Big businesses shouldn't be allowed to hold all the purchasing power for labor without people being able to associate and meet employer power evenly. And the political argument is not valid. The SCOTUS ruled it unconstitutional to force employees to pay for political advocacy.

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  • Valerie
    11/01/2016
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    Many of the respondents below prove my point; many, if not most, union members are bullies. The posts reveal that. "Freeloaders"? Same benefits? Unions used to stand for workers' rights. Now someone pays a fee for caring more about his/her job than about others' rights. Sound familiar? Look at Washington.

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  • Lawrence
    11/01/2016
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    Right to work is a good approach for people who do not believe unions help Americans. My experience is that many union workers are great but others are lazy and non productive. Unions should not protect lazy workers and they do. There was a time when unions were a benefit, but that time has pasted.

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  • Josh
    11/01/2016
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    Whether you agree with it or not, I'm glad this issue is at least left to the states as it should be. I'm proud to be in a right to work state but if another state elects not to be that's their decision to make.

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  • SherryTX
    11/01/2016
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    I would never be part of a Union. I negotiate my own salary and benefits and if I don't like the offer I am free to search for a job elsewhere. Unions have far outreached their usefulness for anything less than holding employers hostage, driving up the cost of goods, and providing an employer no options when business decisions require a reduction of the workforce. An employer will pay top wages when they see they have an asset to the company and not a drain. The automobile industry is a perfect example. Even though Ford didn't take bailout money, they are now moving to Mexico for cheaper labor. Let the free market decide wages and cost of goods. If you want more money, move up in your career.

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