Pop the champagne corks: it's time to celebrate. 2006 marks the 60th anniversary of Arizona's right-to-work law, one of the great contributing factors to freedom and prosperity in our state.
Article 25 of the state constitution says that "no person shall be denied the opportunity to obtain or retain employment because of non-membership in a labor organization."
The right-to-work law allows citizens to decide whether or not they want to join a union, and prohibits discrimination against those who don't. By ensuring membership in unions is voluntary, the right-to-work has allowed Arizona companies to create good jobs and keep them here.
By way of illustration, between 1999 and 2004, United Auto Worker automotive plants lost 70,000 jobs while union-free automotive employment grew by 166,000. Moreover, every foreign car maker to build a plant in the US in the past decade has done so in right-to-work states.
Right-to-work states are on sound economic footing. They have higher disposable income and faster economic growth. They create more jobs, and have more income equality and lower poverty rates than non right-to-work states. Americans have noticed. In the past five years over 3 million people moved to right-to-work states, abandoning union strongholds like New York, Michigan and California.
Article 25 lets workers choose the kind of job environment they want - and that's worth celebrating.
-Goldwater Institute: Tax Man and the Moving Van
-George Leef: "Free Choice for Workers: A History of the Right to Work Movement"
-Mackinac Center for Public Policy: "The Effect of Right-to-Work Laws on Economic Development"
-National Right to Work Committee: "Congress Returns to Face Right to Work Issue"
-Southern Business and Development: "Right to Work. It's All About Freedom"