Right-to-Work laws prohibit labor unions from requiring members to pay union dues, meaning that any worker can benefit from the terms of a union contract. This can be challenging for workers wanting to organize, also affecting working conditions and agreements with their respected employer.
One important change is that new right-to-work states like Michigan and Indiana will now be representing workers that do not pay union dues. Non-dues paying workers may accuse union leaders of discrimination if they feel like they are not being represented properly.
Please take a moment to review Ullico Inc.’s Experts’ Corner: Do Risk and Liability Change in New Right-to-Work States?
“New right-to-work laws are making unions weaker, lowering wages and living standards for all workers in the state. Labor leaders must be prepared for claims that could potentially harm their union.” - Shorty Gleason Former President, Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
How You Can Protect
Ullico Casualty Group, Inc.’s Union Liability policy covers insureds against claims of breach of duty of fair representation, employment practices liability and personal injury. While risk may change for union officials in states such as Michigan and Indiana, a union liability policy remains a valuable risk management tool for local unions, district councils, international unions and joint apprenticeship training committees.
“Right-to-Work activists are increasingly emboldened in their efforts to create opportunities to involve each of us in defending ourselves against often frivolous claims of violations of the law. Prudence suggests that every local union entity would be wise to protect itself from such potential risk.” - Charlie Marshall Former Business Manager, IBEW Local 948