In 2016 the US had the lowest percentage of workers in unions on record. The level could drop even lower as right-to-work laws are being pushed at state and federal levels.
|Increasing numbers of states with "right-to-work" laws means that in such states workers are not required to join a union in companies with unions and are not required to pay fees to a union. The so-called "closed shop" is banned. Unions are faced with the loss of a great deal of revenue from workers who choose to not belong to the union.|
In Wisconsin: Under Act 10, also known as the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, most of Wisconsin’s government workers, including public school teachers, are now required to contribute more for their pension and health care benefits.Act 10 also limits collective bargaining to wage negotiations, requires annual union recertification, ends the automatic deduction of union dues, and allows for public sector employees to decide whether they want to join a union and pay dues.Wisconsin’s right-to-work law gives private sector employees the same right to decline union membership and payment of dues.Before Act 10 was passed WEAC had about 100,000 members whereas latest figures show its membership at 36,074.