Right to work

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A right to work law is an American provision enacted by a state under Section 14(b) of the federal Taft-Hartley Act prohibiting collective bargaining agreements from establishing a "closed shop" where all employees must belong to a union. These laws generally permit an "agency shop" where employees who benefit from a collective bargaining agreement must pay a fair share of negotiating that contract.

"A Right to Work law secures the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. ... The National Right to Work Committee advocates that every individual must have the right, but must not be compelled, to join a labor union."[1]

As of 2017, 28 states, including the U.S. territory of Guam, have right to work laws.[1][2] Since 2012, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Kentucky[3] and Missouri[4] enacted right to work laws.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Right to Work States: Do you work in a Right to Work state?. National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  2. Right to Work Laws. National Conference of State Legislators. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  3. "Joining half the nation, Kentucky approves highly debated ‘right to work’ law", Christian Science Monitor, January 8, 2017. Retrieved on January 9, 2017. 
  4. "Gov. Eric Greitens signs Missouri right-to-work bill, but unions file referendum to overturn it", Kansas City Star. Retrieved on February 6, 2017. 
  5. State Right To Work Timeline. National Right to Work Comittee. Retrieved September 29, 2016.

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