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Right to Work Law


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The right to work law is a basic policy that permits employees the right to decide whether they will become members of a union in the workstation.  The law also gives workers the freedom to pay for membership fees or union dues needed for union representation, whether they are members of not. In 1935, the Wagner Act or the National Labor Relations (NLRA) was amended into act by President Franklin Roosevelt. The law safeguarded the rights of workers to develop self-organization and authorized bosses to participate in employment negotiations and communal bargaining with this self-organization also referred to as labor unions. Workers were forced to compensate the union for safeguarding and representing their interests. The NLRA necessitated union involvement as a prerequisite for employment, thus limiting employment to labor union participants only.

History of the Right to work law 

 In 1947, President Harry Truman modified portions of the NLRA by enacting the Taft-Harley Act. This Act developed the right to work law that permits nations to forbid obligatory participation in a union as a prerequisite for employment in public and private regions of the country. Presently, 28 countries have approved the right to work law, enabling the workers to choose whether to jo