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The myth of the ‘free rider’ issue in right-to-work laws

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The main argument used by critics of right-to-work laws is that they create a what economists call “a free rider ” issue. That is because since a union negotiates on behalf of all employees in a workplace, non-members also get the benefits the unions negotiates without having to pay union dues. In an op-ed for the Detroit Free Press, Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., even said that Michigan...