Analysis of Right-to-Work Legislation and RTW's Conditions of Implementation in Michigan
Simon, Blake D.
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The term "right to work" applies to legislation that forbids collective bargaining contract clauses requiring union membership or payments to a union as a condition of employment (Jones 1989). There have been countless studies done on the topic with varying and conflicting results. The goal of this paper is to revisit all of the best studies, compile their information, and provide the reader with an updated analysis on RTW and its purported rationale. Since time has lapsed between the older studies and this paper, new and insightful conclusions can be reached which will aid lawmakers in their decision-making processes concerning RTW Legislation. The author intends to shed light on the effectiveness of RTW and provide a basis the important decision: should Michigan, who very recently passed a RTW amendment, repeal or maintain this law? This paper will serve as a useful review to lawmakers, union members, and business owners, who undoubtedly have the most at stake