The Ticktin Minute March 5, 2018 – Explanation of the “Right to Work” with Regard to Labor Unions

Explanation of the “Right to Work” with Regard to Labor Unions

The right to work means that employees must be allowed to work in unionized workplaces, without joining the associated unions or paying regular union dues. Right to work laws are established on the state law level and only some states follow these “right to work” principles. Under the right to work principle, employees are not required to join a particular union and/or pay regular union dues to be hired for or keep jobs. This right may also include the ability of the worker to cancel union membership at any time, without losing their job. However, even those works who “opt out” of the union are still entitled to fair and equal union representation while working in bargaining units of unionized workplaces. However, to the extent that their interests are represented by the union, they may be required to pay the union for the cost of such representation. Therefore, this is not a free ride, however, does give workers certain flexibility while maintaining union protection and ability to collective bargain.

Florida is one of such states which allows employees to choose whether to join a union. Other states that are designated as “right to work” states are as follows: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming. The remainder of the states follow the premise that employees entering jobs associated with unions must join said unions and pay the requisite membership fees. Such choice is non-negotiable in these states.

The Ticktin Law Group has experienced attorneys who are extremely knowledgeable in the employment and labor laws! Contact the attorneys of The Ticktin Law Group for a complimentary consultation if you or someone you know has a potential employment law claim and/or have any questions regarding the “right to work” in the state of Florida.