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There are a few issues that supporters of labor unions and their critics disagree vehemently on. One that would be at the top of the list is so-called "right-to-work."
Right-to-work laws prohibit requirements that employees join a union or pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. Without right-to-work, non-union employees pay the equivalent of union dues and receive the same compensation and benefits as union workers.
More than 20 states have right-to-work laws. Pennsylvania is not one of them but there are those who prefer that it was.
Earlier this week, Dick Yuengling, owner of D.G. Yuengling and Sons brewers made news when he told the Pennsylvania Press Club that the state would attract more business if it had a right-to-work law because it would be more difficult for unions to organize.
Figures from last year indicate union membership in Pennsylvania is falling. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said there were 734 thousand union workers in Pennsylvania as of 2012 or about 13.5% of the work force. That's down from 14.6% the year before.
The same report says there are 53,000 workers represented by a union or covered by a union contract who aren't members of a union.
As Labor Day approaches Monday, Radio Smart Talk host a discussion of right-to-work.
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