Bloomberg Law
May 13, 2019, 11:33 AM

ANALYSIS: Are Unions Really Weaker in Right-to-Work States?

Robert Combs
Robert Combs
Legal Analyst

The motivations for adopting right-to-work requirements, both stated and unstated, center around limiting the strength and reach of labor unions. But are right-to-work states realizing those goals? Is there a real difference in union performance between the 27 states that have right-to-work laws and the 23 states plus the District of Columbia that don’t?

This analysis of Bloomberg Law’s 2018 labor data pits these two groups of states against each other to see how they compare on four key metrics of union strength:

  • Union density—the percentage of workers who are union members;
  • Organizing activity—the number of representation elections ...

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