: opposing or banning the closed shop and the union shop

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The form notifies workers of their rights under Florida’s right-to-work law and the Janus decision. The Editors, National Review, 3 May 2023 Michigan recently became the first state in more than half a century to restore power to workers by repealing its anti-union right-to-work law. Raina Lipsitz, The New Republic, 1 May 2023 In 2017, the Kentucky legislature passed a right-to-work bill that prohibits the requirement for employees to join unions or pay union dues as a condition of employment. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 28 Apr. 2023 In a win for unions, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer repealed Michigan's ''right-to-work'' law. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2023 Whitmer repeals right-to-work, reinstates prevailing wage in Michigan Both Fain and Curry offered long tenures with the union even though their backgrounds diverged. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 25 Mar. 2023 Twenty-six other states have right-to-work laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2023 Under Republican control of state government, Michigan passed its right-to-work law in 2012. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023 There are now right-to-work laws in 27 US states, mostly in the South and Midwest. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of right-to-work was in 1949

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“Right-to-work.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right-to-work. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Legal Definition


: of, relating to, or being a law prohibiting labor agreements that require all employees to be union members
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