right-to-work laws

right-to-work law

noun
a state law making it illegal to refuse employment to a person for the sole reason that he or she is not a union member.

Origin:
1955–60, Americanism

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right-to-work laws definition


Laws that make it illegal to require workers to join labor unions as a condition of employment. Right-to-work laws are opposed to the union shop.

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