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New Hampshire Right to Work

Live Free or Die is not just a motto to Granite Staters, it’s a way of life. Despite our affinity for freedom and liberty, many Granite State workers are forced to join and fund a union as a condition of employment. This is unfair and workers should be free to make their own choice to join a union.

Right to work will help change the status quo, ensuring workers have the ability to decide what’s best for themselves and their families.

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What is Right to Work?

In states without Right to Work laws, private sector unions deduct dues from workers’ wages without consent. Even if employees reject union membership, they must still pay fees to unions as a condition of employment.

Besides the government, the union is the only other entity that can deduct dues directly from a worker’s wages without consent.

Right to Work laws puts the power back in the workers’ hands to control their own paychecks. Workers need to be free to opt into a union and consent to any deduction being taken from their hard-earned wages.

Myths vs. FACTS

Myth #1: Right to work is a “scam” that provides no tangible economic benefits for workers.

FACT: Studies by the Mackinac Center and the Cato Institute has shown Right to Work states experienced higher growth than they would have without Right to Work. Moreover, over a recent 10 year period, Right to Work states experienced faster manufacturing and overall job growth, higher growth in household consumption, and greater disposable and overall cost of living adjusted incomes. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics also found total employment increased more than double from 1990 to 2014 in Right to Work states.

Myth #2: Right to Work leads to lower wages for workers.

FACT: The Mackinac Center for Public Policy found “nominal personal income grew by 209.3 percent in Right to Work states and by 148.5 percent in non-Right to Work states from 1990 to 2011.” The Mackinac Center for Public Policy also found wages have grown in the last several states that passed Right to Work, with wages growing in Indiana by 7.4% since 2012 and 6% in West Virginia since 2016.

Myth #3: Right to Work undermines unions by allowing nonunion members to “free ride” on the benefits of union representations.

FACT: The Supreme Court has ruled in numerous occasions that the National Labor Relations Act enables unions to negotiate contracts of workers who only pay dues. Yet, unions willingly bargain on behalf of non-members to increase their bargaining power. This results in workers being unable to negotiate their own pay and benefits that better fit their unique, individual circumstances. Right to Work ensures unions better represent their workers.

Most workers inherit a union they had no say in. An analysis of National Labor Relations Board elections between 1973 and 2015 showed that only 6% of workers represented under the NLRA actually voted for union representation at some point in their careers.

Unions attempt to organize less than 0.1% of all eligible employees each year and the AFL-CIO spends more than three times as much on politics as on organizing.

Learn More

AFP-NH Press Release on Right to Work

Analyzing the Effects of Right to Work Laws in New Hampshire

Right to Work: Updated Trends and Implications for New Hampshire

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