Michigan Rolls Up Welcome Mat for Unions

December 11, 2012 – In The News
Society for Human Resource Management

In the discussion of “right to work” some believe that those who don’t pay dues aren’t union members and could cross a picket line and work during a strike without risking being find by the union, but cannot vote on ratifying a collective bargaining agreement on whether or not to strike.

That said – “right to work” does not result in the parade of horrible many assume, James A. Matthews III of Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia, said in a Dec. 12, 2012, interview. Some think right-to-work laws result in a nonunion state, “which just is not true,” he said.

Some conclude erroneously that any collectively bargained discipline and termination procedures fly out the window in right-to-work states, and make everyone at-will employees, even at unionized worksites. That’s pure fiction, according to Matthews. Employees in right-to-work states are in open shops, rather than union shops, Matthews noted.

Unions will have a reduced incentive to organize workers in right-to-work states, Matthews noted. Even if they organize and negotiate collective bargaining agreements successfully, it’s unlikely that they will get dues from everyone they represent, so there’s a financial disincentive to organize in right-to wok states.

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