Unions Charge Higher Dues and Pay their Officers Larger Salaries in Non-Right-to-Work States

In the absence of competition, businesses charge their customers higher prices and care less about controlling costs. Labor unions do the same. Half of U.S. states allow unions to force workers to pay dues as a condition of employment. In these states unions charge 10 percent higher dues and pay their top officers $20,000 more a year. The remaining states have right-to-work laws that make union dues voluntary. These laws prevent unions from exploiting their monopoly and reduce the cost of union representation for workers.

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