Republicans Introduce National Right-to-Work Bill

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Reprinted from Inside Sources by Connor Wolf on February 1, 2017.

Congressional Republicans introduced a measure Wednesday aimed at making union dues voluntary for everyone across the country.

Federal law currently allows states to decide on their own whether they want to be right-to-work. The policy outlaws mandatory union dues or fees as a condition of employment. Republican representatives Joe Wilson and Steve King introduced the measure in the hopes of making the law national.

“Our bill would protect workers by eliminating the forced-dues clauses in federal statute,” Representative Wilson said in a statement provided to InsideSources. “Right-to-work states, like South Carolina, have seen first-hand that job creation and economic growth comes from expanded freedoms.” …

Research has been fairly mixed when it comes to what impact right-to-work actually has on workers. The Economic Policy Institute found the policy results in decreased wages and benefits. The Heritage Foundation, however, found wages and benefits in right-to-work states aren’t actually less when you adjust for the cost of living. …

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