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Collective Bargaining

Collective Bargaining

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING BILLS

NCSL's searchable database of collective bargaining and labor union legislation covers bills from the 2010 to 2013 legislative sessions. Topics include dues, public sector unions, elections, and right-to-work/membership.

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RIGHT-TO-WORK

Under right-to-work laws, states have the authority to determine whether workers can be required to join a labor union to get or keep a job. In December 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to pass a right-to-work law.

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EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATION

Construction WorkerEmployee misclassification is the practice of labeling workers as independent contractors, rather than employees. It causes states to lose millions of dollars in unpaid taxes, results in unfair competition for businesses that play by the rules, and leaves workers unprotected by labor laws.

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PREVAILING WAGE

ConesPrevailing wage laws require that wages paid on public works projects, such as construction of public buildings, roads or bridges, be calculated to reflect local wages for similar jobs. Prevailing wages are required for all federally-funded public works projects and 32 states have their own prevailing wage laws.

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OVERVIEW | COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

NCSL’s coverage of collective bargaining issues includes a bill tracking database of legislation considered during the 2010-2013 legislative sessions. Issues include public employee unions, collection and use of dues, establishment of labor representation, elections, political activity by labor union, right-to-work, arbitration and strikes, contract issue for teachers and public safety workers, and public works contracts.

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