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Right to Work: It's Right and It Works

September 1, 1998
By Michael C. Zogby

Pennsylvania is one of 29 states that continues to allow labor unions to force individual employees to become union members or pay union fees in lieu of membership, regardless of whether that person wants to join a union.

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Pennsylvania is one of 29 states that continues to allow labor unions to force individual employees to become union members or pay union fees in lieu of membership, regardless of whether that person wants to join a union.’ This stance not only violates an individual’s right to free association, it also costs Pennsylvania needed jobs. Those 21 states that prohibit forced union membership and dues, through what is known as a Right to Work law (RTW), have witnessed significant increases in business expansion, job creation, and economic growth, not to mention a lower overall cost of living. Although it is difficult to prove that RTW laws directly caused the improvements, it is even more difficult to discount this phenomenon as a mere coincidence.