This paper reviews theories and evidence on the effect of “right-to-work” laws on union members’ satisfaction with their unions. With the increase of right-to-work activity at the state level, and with federal right-to-work legislation pending in Congress, this has returned as an important political issue. Following a brief review of how the hypotheses of “taste,” “free-rider,” and “bargaining power” can influence various effects of right-to-work laws, the idea of utility maximization paired with measures of union satisfaction is explored to show theoretical evidence that greater levels of union satisfaction could exist in right-to-work states than exist in non-right-to-work states. Arguments for both positive and negative effects are compared. The author proposes that, as a future area of research, empirical tests be performed that combine the concept of simultaneous equations with recently developed measures of union satisfaction.
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Popejoy, Steven Lance
"Effects of Right-To-Work Laws: Can They Include Higher Levels of Satisfaction For Union Workers?,"
Journal of Business & Leadership: Research, Practice, and Teaching (2005-2012): Vol. 6:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/jbl/vol6/iss1/10