So I was just curious about what all y'all's views on right to work laws were. For those of you who do not know what right to work (RTW) laws are here is a synopsis from wikipedia "A "right-to-work" law is a statute in the United States that prohibits union security agreements, or agreements between labor unions and employers, that govern the extent to which an established union can require employees' membership, payment of union dues, or fees as a condition of employment, either before or after hiring. Right-to-work laws do not aim to provide general guarantee of employment to people seeking work, but rather are a government regulation of the contractual agreements between employers and labor unions that prevents them from excluding non-union workers, or requiring employees to pay a fee to unions that have negotiated the labor contract all the employees work under." Essentially it is a law saying that if you work at a place where there is a union you do not need to pay dues should you neglect to join the particular union associated with your employer. I do believe that every state should be right to work however I think that the law needs to be modified, So that employees who decline to join the union do not reap the benefits that union members(who pay dues) do, so non union workers do not get the benefits from the union negotiated contract, which ranges from healthcare benefits to pay and pension. I think it should be up to the employee to make the decision of whether or not it is worth it to him/her to join the union, mind you, you don't have to join the union in non-RTW however as an employee you still pay dues that go to the union. I currently work in a union shop where I had to join the union and pay the initiation fees (300 some odd dollars) plus a $36 fee per week for dues. This job is a summer job that I have while home from college, I don't need any of the benefits such as health insurance or a pension through the union, However i still had to join and pay all of the fees out of my paycheck. I don't think that the money I make that is already heavily taxed should be deducted from more because i needed to join this particular union.
Just thought i would throw my opinion out there for debate, I'd love to hear what other people think. thanks