Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.
Union executives assert that Right-to-Work legislation is somehow “anti-union.” Oddly enough, the statistics in Indiana, since 2012, when the law was enacted, show that claim to be completely false. In the two years prior to passage of the legislation, union membership had slipped. Since it became law, union membership has regained 3,000 members.
Even Indiana AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies admits that these are not the results he expected.
“In certain areas maybe Right-to-Work has affected some of our facilities but definitely not in a way that was predicted,” said Voorhies.
According to Indiana Public News:
“The US Department of Labor says about 10-percent of Hoosier workers represented by unions are nonmembers. That‘s the highest figure in three years.
The department says Indiana unions added about 3,000 members in 2013, and the same number of nonmembers working in union shops.”
When union workers can choose for themselves whether to join a union or not, union executives are forced to provide a better service to their members. Therefore, Right-to-Work legislation improves unions by forcing union leaders to be more responsive to their members and to work harder on their behalf.
If Right-to-Work legislation is not having a negative effect on union membership, why then do union executives fight so hard against its passage? The answer is quite simple.
Unions currently have a guaranteed stream of money from those workers who are forced to join the union and pay dues in order to get, and keep, their jobs. The last thing union leaders want is to give their workers a choice. Union leaders would have to put the needs and desires of their members ahead of their craving for more power and more money. They won’t do it willingly, but simply giving workers a choice will force unions to refocus in order to survive.