June 3, 2019
A number of New Mexico counties adopted right-to-work ordinances, then the Legislature stepped in.
September 12, 2018
Voters in Missouri repealed a state law prohibiting forced union membership, preventing the law from going into effect nearly a year and a half after it was signed.
February 18, 2019
Michigan public-sector employees are opting out of union membership
May 14, 2018
The Kentucky state Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting unions from requiring all employees to pay dues in unionized workplaces.
June 21, 2018
SCOTUS' upcoming Janus has the potential to put personal freedom back into the hands of workers and forever change the role of unions in the U.S. workforce.
October 31, 2017
Congressional Democrats are lining up behind two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to repeal right-to-work (RTW) laws in 28 states and prohibit states from passing such laws.
January 9, 2018
Badger Meter, a manufacturing company producing turbines and other industrial parts, is moving jobs from its Arizona plant to Wisconsin, citing the latter state’s right-to-work law as a factor.
July 24, 2017
Lawyers representing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) filed paperwork in July to dismiss an attempt to overturn the state’s right-to-work law.
August 24, 2017
This week's Leaflet celebrates National Employee Freedom Week and examines how states can reform their workforce climate with right-to-work legislation.
March 6, 2017
Missouri is joining the growing number of states where union membership in a place of work is voluntary.
March 16, 2017
Lawmakers all over the nation are debating enacting legislation allowing workers to opt out of union membership, freeing them from being forced to join a union as a condition of employment.
January 25, 2017
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) signed into law a bill allowing workers to opt out of union membership, removing requirements that workers join a union as a condition of employment.
January 21, 2017
New Hampshire legislators are considering a bill that would allow workers to opt out of union membership, freeing them from being forced to join a union as a condition of employment.
November 8, 2016
At a speech in Bowling Green, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) announced plans to work with lawmakers to pass right-to-work legislation during the 2017 legislative session, after neighboring West Virginia enacted a right-to-work law in 2016.
February 13, 2018
On February 13, 2018, Arianna Wilkerson testified before Maryland state delegates in support of a bill that would enact a right-to-work law.
November 10, 2016
A Missouri state legislator is planning to introduce a bill allowing workers to opt out of union membership, removing requirements that workers join a union as a condition of employment.
October 19, 2016
Idaho’s chief legal officer is asking a federal judge to dismiss a labor union’s lawsuit challenging the state’s right-to-work law, citing the recent dismissal of a similar case in Wisconsin.
September 22, 2016
A West Virginia county judge is considering a lawsuit that alleges the state’s right-to-work law violates labor unions’ legal entitlement to money earned by workers.
February 20, 2017
Labor unions in Missouri are collecting signatures to place a referendum question before voters in 2018, seeking to repeal the state’s newly enacted right-to-work (RTW) law.
February 2, 2017
“More lawmakers, all across the nation, are waking up to the economic and social benefits of right to work, and Missouri is just the latest state to board the worker freedom train.” - Jesse Hathaway
January 13, 2017
On January 7, Kentucky became the nation’s 27th state to pass right-to-work legislation.
January 10, 2017
"By restricting government employees’ ability to go on strike and unfairly withhold government services as negotiating chips, the public’s safety and security is protected against such banal politics." - Jesse Hathaway
November 18, 2016
Examines a recently published study by Priya M. Abraham, a senior fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation titled Transforming Labor: A Comprehensive, Nationwide Comparison and Grading of Public Sector Labor Laws.
November 21, 2016
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines right-to-work reform in New Hampshire.
October 24, 2016
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans discusses right-to-work laws, how they create new jobs and foster economic and population growth and the new proposals being considered in Missouri.
July 27, 2017
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a new proposal in Illinois that would ban local governments from adopting right-to-work laws.
August 22, 2016
This paper from Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire examines the extant literature regarding the economic and demographic effects of right-to-work legislation.
February 8, 2016
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is attempting, for the second time, to bring right-to-work (RTW) reform to her state.
November 30, 2015
Kentucky labor leaders are trying to slow the state’s momentum toward a right-to-work law that would let Kentuckians opt out of paying union dues. With Republican Gov.
February 20, 2015
The Missouri House of Representatives has passed a bill to allow workers to opt out of union membership while remaining employed, known as a right-to-work law.
July 10, 2015
The Tax Foundation released a report today showing how much $100 buys in each state. The same $100 can buy you comparatively more in a low-price state than a high-price state, which shows the true cost of living.
February 13, 2017
Testimony before the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee February 14, 2017 Peter J. Ferrara, Senior Fellow. The Heartland Institute
April 9, 2015
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed legislation to make union membership in a place of work voluntary instead of mandatory.
June 16, 2014
During the debate in Michigan over right-to-work, which the state adopted in 2012, critics commonly incited fear it would result in lower incomes for Michigan workers.
December 18, 2012
I could cite a boatload of figures showing states with "right-to-work" laws have been better economic performers than those where people can be forced into labor unions as a condition of employment.
June 11, 2016
This paper examines the effects of right-to-work laws on worker productivity and population growth.
June 1, 2016
Despite the positive economic predictions generated recently by the release of Oklahoma’s General Business Index something’s left unsaid. To his credit, economist Robert C.
March 17, 2016
Earlier in March, West Virginia became the 26th state to enact right-to-work (RTW) legislation. RTW laws allow private sector employees to opt out of union membership.
May 19, 2016
A Wisconsin county judge has ruled a state right-to-work law violates labor unions’ legal entitlement to money earned by public workers. The lawsuit was filed by labor unions looking to overturn Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, which was signed by Gov.
July 10, 2012
This study employs a comprehensive macroeconomic database to measure the impact of right-to work statutes. It also estimates the effect on New Mexico’s economy that would likely follow if the state adopted a right-to-work policy this year.