Utah Labor Laws

While this is a state issue and would be out of my jurisdiction as a policymaker, I fully support the repeal of two specific Utah laws that inhibit workers from negotiating for their own benefits.  The employment-at-will law allows businesses to set their own rules as to how and when they can fire workers.  While some businesses have more than fair policies on letting employees go, there is no restriction on businesses if they choose to circumvent those policies.  For example, a business could have a policy requiring three strikes, but if the employee chooses to exhibit behavior that the company does not like, such as talking to other employees about unionizing, the employer can fire that employee without giving any reason.  

The other law that impedes employees from being able to get together and negotiate their own benefits is the right-to-work law.  This law states that a worker who does not want to pay union fees at a place of work where a union is established does not have to pay them, even though the worker receives benefits of union negotiations.  This law creates a system that marginalizes the ability of the union to negotiate for the benefit of the workers by not mandating union fees getting paid.  It takes money from the union, and it makes it harder for the union to get benefits for their members.  

These two laws work in conjunction with each other to deter the beneficial effect of unions.  They make it so that a worker can get fired simply by proposing the idea of joining a union and that a union, if at all present in the workplace, has a smaller benefiting effect on the lives of our workers.


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