Missouri Update: On 2/6/2017 Missouri became the 28th state to pass a Right to Work law. The law has not gone into effect because on 8/18/2017 unions submitted sufficient signatures to put repeal of the law on the ballot in 2018. The Foundation has created a new special task force to defend and enforce the law. Please click here for more information.
Kentucky Update: On 1/7/2017 Kentucky became the 27th state to pass a Right to Work law. The Foundation has created a new special task forced to defend and enforce the law. Please click here for more information.
A Right to Work law secures the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. However, employees who work in the railway or airline industries are not protected by a Right to Work law, and employees who work on a federal enclave may not be. Moreover, a Right to Work law does not prohibit limitations on when a dues deduction authorization card can be revoked. Workers should carefully read the fine print before signing such a card.
Click on a Right to Work state below to read that state s Right to Work law.
(Links are to the current active Right to Work provisions in state law. For a timeline of when state Right to Work laws were originally adopted click here.)
NOTE: State laws are in a constant state of flux. Before relying on the text of any state Right to Work statute, you should check the most recent edition of your state laws.
For a summary of recent litigation challenging Right to Work Laws, click here.
If you do not live in a Right to Work state, click here to learn about your legal rights.