Topics: Trade union, Employment, Collective bargaining Pages: 3 (801 words) Published: February 26, 2014

Right to Work laws ensured that every worker has the right to work without being forced to join a union. Compulsory membership in a union thus violates this principle. Thus this law basically guarantees that no worker can be forced to join a union as a condition of employment. I support the ideals and principles of the Right to Work laws and accordingly feel that all states should enact such laws to protect its respective working citizenry. The Right to Work law was affirmed by the Taft-Hartley Act also known as the Labor-Management Relations Act in June of 1947, a Federal labor law enacted by Congress. It was passed to amend the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 and also discontinued provisions of the Federal Anti-Injunction Act of 1932. Furthermore, the Taft-Hartley Act monitored the activities of labor unions and curtailed its power. This federal law in fact faced much resistance from labor leaders and also was confronted with a veto from President Truman; however, the law eventually passed in both Houses. It contained a number of provisions the most significant of which are the following: It gave the President the power to appoint a Board to investigate any union disputes when he thought a strike would threaten national health or safety; the initiation of this inquiry would allow him to secure an 80 injunction. The creation of unions was only permitted if a majority of employees voted for same. It prohibited employers from collecting union dues.

It prohibited unions from political contributions.
It prohibits closed shops, which are companies where union membership is a condition of employment. In essence the above provisions sought to protect the social and economic rights of workers from union corruption and/or unfair practices. Although the Taft-Hartley Act promoted employer rights it did balance the collective bargaining power within labor. Furthermore, clearly it created staunch protest from the union leaders because it prohibited a number...

References: How did the Taft-Hartley Act Come About? By Steven Wagner;
Do right-to-work laws bring competitive advantage?;
Right-to-Work Laws Put Employees in the Driver 's Seat
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