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Aug 28

New Possibilities for Right-to-Work: City and County Laws

Twenty-four states have right-to-work laws prohibiting unions from forcing workers to pay dues. In the remaining states, no cities or counties enforce local right-to-work ordinances; most local government officials simply assume that federal law prevents them from doing so. However, a new Heritage Foundation report finds good legal reasons to believe the Supreme Court would uphold local right-to-work laws. Charter cities and counties have a particularly strong case for their authority to pass right-to-work. Local governments that pass right-to-work ordinances would both protect the freedom of workers and attract jobs. Many companies avoid locales without right-to-work laws. Local right-to-work laws would level the playing field for counties in non-right-to-work states and could also make these counties magnets for investment within their state. 

Join us for a pre-Labor Day program discussing this legal analysis, the benefits of local right-to-work ordinances, and the possibilities for local right-to-work ordinances in states where such laws cannot be enacted statewide.

More About the Speakers

Andrew Kloster
Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation 

Jon Russell
Director, American City County Exchange, American Legislative Exchange Council 

Patrick Gleason
Director, State Affairs, Americans for Tax Reform

William Messenger
Staff Attorney, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

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James Sherk James Sherk

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