right to work

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right to work

1. noun The right of anyone who wants to work to not be prevented from obtaining employment. They can't block you from applying for that job—you have the same right to work as anyone else!
2. adjective (often hyphenated) Relating to laws that prohibit employers from requiring their employees to join a union. Primarily heard in US. They can't bully you into joining a union—that's what right-to-work laws are for.
See also: right, work
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Lincolnshire is the only town in the Chicago area to establish itself as a right-to-work community.
Right-to-work laws allow workers to opt out of paying those dues.
West Virginia became the latest right-to-work state in February, after the Republican-controlled Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
Now it's up to the states to decide whether right-to-work laws create free riders, or whether fair-share dues violate workers' rights.
My one quibble with Lee's narrative is that we never get a great sense of who joined the grassroots element of the right-to-work movement and what motivated them.
It is not just that bishops have lost their enthusiasm for organized labor; many have come to accept the argument for the "justice" of right-to-work laws.
Editor's note: The editorial noted that economists disagree over how much effect right-to-work laws have on both the employment gains and lower wages seen in right-to-work states, but concluded that fairness and choice are powerful arguments for adopting such laws.
In an update of a question asked in 1957, 71% of Americans said they would "vote for" a right-to-work law if they had the opportunity to do so, while 22% said they would vote against such a law.
The goal of right-to-work laws is to make it impossible for unions to fund their activities.
11, 2012, Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state in the U.
Michigan is the 24th state to pass a right-to-work law--with several other states, such as Indiana, passing similar laws last year.
This comes as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday to protest the Republican-backed right-to-work bills, RT reported.
Right-to-work laws "don't have to do with economics - they have to do with politics," Obama said.
As with all such business decisions, there were many, but the National Labor Relations Board--a five-member agency created in 1935 by the Wagner Act--has taken exception to this move, ultimately based on the fact that South Carolina is a right-to-work state.
The NLRB's complaint is an attack on our job creators and, if successful, could have a negative impact on all right-to-work states.