Indiana and the Right to Work Laws

The Indiana legislature is battling over putting the Right to Work referendum on the ballot.

Right-to-work laws exist ins 22 states, which prohibit agreements between labor unions and employers that make membership, and union dues a condition of employment.

What this means to worker’s personal finances in the short run is having to pay mandatory dues, so a workers income could slightly increase. Labor unions argue that workers who benefit from them, shouldn’t be exempt from having to pay for them. They might also argue in the long run, that with less dues, they will have less funding to fight for workers. Some union dues payers are not always happy because their dues may be used to back issues or candidates for which they don’t support.

There are plenty of arguments on both sides, and many states are watching the goings on in Indiana, to see how they might deal with the issue in their own state. Interesting information can be found at The New York Times, and on Wikipedia.