The Wall Street Journal reported that union membership was down once again last year. “The number of union members fell by 170,000 in 2019—a year when U.S. employers added more than 2.1 million jobs—reducing the share of the workforce in labor unions to 10.3%, the lowest portion on record since 1983, the Labor Department said Wednesday. Overall union membership rates have trended at record lows for a decade.”
Another key takeaway from the article:
“A June 2018 Supreme Court decision banned provisions in union contracts requiring union-represented government workers to either join the union or pay a fee. The ruling effectively instituted right-to-work rules for public-sector workers in nearly two dozen states that didn’t have such laws, which allow workers to opt out of paying union dues.”
So why is Dick Saslaw insisting on repealing Virginia’s Right-to-Work laws with his “Fair Share Fees” bill, SB 426? This bill goes against the trends across the rest of the county, putting Virginia’s business environment at risk.
You can read the full article here.