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
Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Director, American City County Exchange, American Legislative Exchange Council
Director, State Affairs, Americans for Tax Reform
Staff Attorney, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics