Right to work is deemed as a fundamental right in many states across the United States. It is relatively a new law. One must not presume that people did not have the right to work before the concept of right to work was floated by Louis Blanc, a socialist leader in France during the social turmoil of the nineteenth century. The right to work today pertains more to unions and working environments, terms of employment and the involvement of workers in various associations. Many unions and even workers are against the statutes of right to work. But there are many who support it, mostly companies but millions of workers as well. Right to work has some consequential pros and cons.
Pros of Right to Work
1. Assures Freedom to Employees
Right to work assures the freedom to employees or workers of any organization to associate or disassociate with any union. It must not be imperative for any worker to join a union. The employment opportunities or status must be regardless of the membership with any union or otherwise.
2. Brought an End to the Influence of Unions
Right to work has brought an end to the overarching influence of unions. For a long time, unions had dictated terms to companies and the organizations have had little to do but to relent to the pressure. Without all employees threatening to call strikes and with very steep demands from time to time, the economy had been threatened on numerous occasions and the union business has also done a world of bad for innumerable people who had been rendered helpless in countless scenarios. It is no secret that many unions had become notorious and even the members of such unions had tired of them.
3. Increased Competitiveness
Right to work has allowed companies to be more competitive, employees to be more individualistic and thus ambitious or content, the lack of unions has ensured smoother economic growth and there has been a substantial rise in employment. Union bullying, membership fees for workers and abuse of power of the union heads have become a thing of the past.
Cons of Right to Work
1. Companies Are Not Incentivized
With no unions to safeguard the interest of the workers and the workers being fragmented groups, companies are not compelled to increase wages, improve healthcare programs or to incentivize the hard work of the employees.
2. Compromised Safety Practices
Safety of workers has been compromised in many cases with no union to protest the injury or death of a worker. Since most workers are more concerned with their personal interests, there is little focus on the larger picture or the interest of everyone as a whole.