National Right to Work Act


116th Congress, Republican bill, right-to-work

Bill name: National Right to Work Act

Bill sponsors: S. 525, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), H.R. 2571, sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)


Summary: The National Right to Work Act would grant private sector workers the ability to opt-out of a union and prohibit unions from getting workers fired for not paying them. Right to work, under this bill, would apply to workers covered by both the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA).

Background: Currently, 27 states have adopted Right to Work laws. However, those laws apply only to workers under the NLRA. The RLA- which governs railroad and airline employees- prohibits Right to Work even when adopted at the state level. Separate legislation introduced by this Congress, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, would prohibit states from adopting Right to Work laws.

“We must continue to work towards promoting job creation and ending automatic unionism for the American people. 80% of people in our country support putting an end to dues as a condition of employment.”

Rep. Joe Wilson

Bill Status: Rep. Joe Wilson just introduced the House version of the National Right to Work Act. The Senate and House versions of the bill have been referred to the Senate, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and House Education and Labor Committee, respectively. The National Right to Work Act is introduced in every Congress though the last attempt at floor consideration-during the 104th Congress- was halted by a failed cloture vote in the Senate.


Also related: Union Member Protection Act

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