Testimony posted March 3, 2015
How Unions and Right-to-Work Laws Affect the Economy
Testimony before Committee on Labor and Government Reform
February 24, 2015
James Sherk Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics The Heritage Foundation
Chairman Nass, Vice-Chairman Wanggaard, and members of the Committee on Labor and Government Reform, thank you for inviting me to testify. My name is James Sherk. I am a Senior Policy Analyst in…
Backgrounder posted January 26, 2015
Unions Charge Higher Dues and Pay Their Officers Larger Salaries in Non–Right-to-Work States
Businesses with monopolies charge higher prices and operate less efficiently than they would facing competition. Labor unions operate no differently. Unions charge workers more and spend their money less carefully in states where they can compel workers to purchase their services. Union financial reports reveal that they charge workers roughly 10 percent higher dues and…
Backgrounder posted December 16, 2014
Creating Opportunity in the Workplace
Workers face many challenges in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Wages and job opportunities have grown slowly since the recovery began five years ago, while technology continues to change the nature of work. While many workers enjoy opportunities unimaginable a generation ago, many others feel the economy has left them behind.
Policies that make employees more…
Issue Brief posted December 12, 2014
Right-to-Work Laws: Myth vs. Fact
Many states and local governments are considering right-to-work laws. These laws make union dues voluntary. Without them, union contracts make paying dues a condition of employment. While most Americans support the concept of right-to-work, unions argue strenuously against them. However, most of the arguments against right-to-work have little basis in fact.