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Jan 26

How Right-to-Work Impacts Union Dues and Union Officer Salaries

Monopolies charge their customers higher prices and care less about controlling costs. New research from The Heritage Foundation shows labor unions act just like business monopolies in this regard. Union financial filings reveal unions in non-right-to-work states charge workers 10 percent more. They also pay their top full-time officers $20,000 more a year. Unions charge monopoly prices and pay monopoly salaries when they can force workers to pay their dues.

Several states and local governments are considering or have passed right-to-work laws that prevent such abuses. Right-to-work laws make union dues optional; they require unions to earn their members’ voluntary support. In 2012 Michigan became a right-to-work state. This past December Warren County, Kentucky – which includes Bowling Green – became the first county in America with a local right-to-work ordinance.

Join us as our panelists discuss the consequences of right-to-work. James Sherk will present his new research on how right-to-work impacts union behavior. Amy Milliken, Warren County’s Attorney, will explain why her county enacted a right-to-work ordinance and how she expects it will benefit workers.
Terry Bowman will discuss his experiences as a union member in a newly right-to-work state.

More About the Speakers

Amy Milliken
County Attorney, Warren County, Kentucky

Terry Bowman
United Auto Workers’ member and Ford employee in Michigan

James Sherk
Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics, The Heritage Foundation