If you are employed in one of 28 Non-Right-to-Work states (also called Forced Dues states) and the union negotiates a "union (income) security clause" you could be required to pay the union as a condition of employment. If you refuse to pay a union under a union income security clause, the union can order you to be fired.
However, if you work in a Right-to-Work state, it is illegal for a union to require you to pay dues as a condition of employment. To view a listing of Right-to-Work versus Forced Dues states, see below or click here.
Important Notice for Employers & Employees in Right-to-Work States: On July 10, 2008, a bill was introduced in Congress to eliminate Right-to-Work states. If this bill is passed and signed into law by President Obama, employees in all 50 states may be required to pay union dues or agency fees as a condition of employment. For more information on this, click here.
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