Majority support right-to-work - 281 participants
Feb 04, 2015
It's a hot-button topic throughout the United States: 'right to work' legislation, which requires that workers in union shops be allowed to opt out of joining the union and paying dues. Roughly half of states have some sort of 'right to work' law on the books, but NH is not among them. However, there are several bills currently being considered by the NH House and Senate that would change that (SB 107, HB 402, HB 658). In the light of these legislative efforts, on February 4th the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, "Should NH pass a ‘right to work’ law, that would allow workers in a union shop to opt out of joining the union and paying dues?"
Should NH pass a ‘right to work’ law, that would allow workers in a union shop to opt out of joining the union and paying dues?
Participation: 281 participants gave 868 responses.
A total of 78% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 22% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 878 responses from 281 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)
What Participants Said
Yes: The majority, at 63% of 'yes or no' respondents, were in favor 'right to work' legislation.
- "No one should be forced to join a union."
- "If you like your union stay in it, but don't force others to pay union dues if they do not want to be in the union."
- "I have always had the ability to negotiate my own terms for a job, and I believe that everyone should also be able to do so, no matter where they work."
No: The minority of 'yes or no' respondents, at 37%, opposed 'right to work' legislation.
- "If you don't want the 'benefit' of being union, don't work for a union shop."
- "Right to work states give employers the power to intimidate workers into not becoming union members."
- "Hard working Americans need more representation at the bargaining table, not less."
Other: As noted above, 22% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:
- The economic effects of 'right to work' policies: "Who is going to buy what the corporations make when all of the workers are broke?"
- Questioning the value of unions in general: "If unions are so great why are unions afraid of [right to work]?"
- Discussing the fairness or unfairness the proposal: "[I would support right-to-work] if those that opt out give up any pay increases/benefits that the union negotiates."
*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.