: opposing or banning the closed shop and the union shop

Examples of right-to-work in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many football powerhouses, like the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia, are in right-to-work states, where unionization efforts face stiff legal and political roadblocks. Santul Nerkar, New York Times, 25 May 2024 The measure has long been a priority for Republicans as voters across the state have used initiative petitions to pass several liberal-leaning measures such as Medicaid expansion, marijuana legalization, and overturning a right-to-work law. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 15 May 2024 Michigan, home to many auto plants under U.S. ownership, repealed its right-to-work law last year. Jacob Turcotte, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Apr. 2024 Kimbrell, the longtime production worker, knows that Alabama's right-to-work laws and largely non-union workforce were a big part of what drew automakers to Alabama in the first place. Stephan Bisaha, NPR, 5 Apr. 2024 But Democrats passed a state law that would also repeal right-to-work for public sector workers in the event the court reverses its earlier decision. Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2024 Nucor does most of its production in right-to-work states and is not unionized, unlike U.S. Steel. Dominic Pino, National Review, 20 Dec. 2023 Labor unions pushed for these reversals, arguing that right-to-work laws let private-sector employees free-ride off union contracts without paying fees. Eric Burlison and F. Vincent Vernuccio, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2023 Now, the union wants to focus its attention on automakers like Toyota and Tesla, who have resisted unionization or opened plants in right-to-work states that are hostile to collective bargaining. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 3 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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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 18 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition


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