- Refuse to sign a union card or petition
- Campaign against the union
- Work without interruption or interference from union organizers and supporters
- Refuse to talk with a union organizer or colleague working on behalf of the union if you are contacted at home
- Say “no thanks” to union organizers and colleague who ask you to support the union
FAQs: Right-To-Work and Union Dues
What is right-to-work?
Right-to-work is a state law that prohibits union security agreements in labor contracts – – also known as Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) – – that require employees to pay dues or agency fees to the union as a condition of employment. There are 27 right-to-work states. Those states include:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa,Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
What is the difference between a right-to-work and non-right-to-work state?
In a non-right-to-work state it is permissible to have a CBA with a union security provision that says an employee can lose his/her job or be refused a job if he/she chooses not to belong to a union and/or to pay union dues or fees. No employee in any state can be forced to join or become a member of a union, but in a non-right-to-work state they can be required to pay the union (either dues or an agency fee) and would be subject to the provisions of the CBA regardless of whether he/she is a member.
I work in a right-to-work state, so why should I be concerned about a union representing my
co-workers and me?
In right-to-work states, you can’t be forced to join or pay dues to the union. BUT the union and colleagues who support the union will likely pressure you to do so. Unions have been known to use pressure tactics like publicly posting names of employees who don’t pay dues on websites, on bulletin boards and in union newsletters.
Additionally, if you don’t pay dues:
- You must still abide by the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
- You are not permitted to participate in union business, union meetings, vote whether or not to go on strike, vote to accept a CBA or not, or vote on who will be the stewards.
- The union has the legal right to make decisions on your behalf even if you don’t agree with the decisions.
If I don’t pay dues to the union does the union still represent me?
Yes. Regardless of whether you are required to pay dues or fees, the union will be your representative and will have the right to make decisions on your behalf, and you would be bound by the terms of the CBA negotiated between the union and the employer.
Since I work in a right-to-work state, if the union won the right to represent Magellan MFLCs,
could I opt out?
Regardless of how you vote, if the union wins the right to represent MFLCs, all MFLCs at a facility would be represented by the union. And all MFLCs would have to comply with the CBA and the rules negotiated by the union – regardless of whether you agree with them.
If I move to a non-right-to-work state what are my rights?
In a non-right-to-work state, the collective bargaining agreement between the employer and the union would likely include a union security clause that would require you to pay dues or agency fee to the union as a condition of employment – for this reason, including union security clauses are a top priority of unions. If you refused to pay dues/agency fees, the union could request that the employer fire you.