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Is Arizona a Right to Work State?

Each state happens to have their own employment laws, including laws regarding unions and organized labor. However, many people do not fully understand these laws, especially in the state of Arizona. So, is Arizona a right to work state and what does that mean? Also, what are the other employment laws in the state of Arizona?

Right to work

Arizona is in fact a right to work state. Often times, people think this means you can be fired without reason. That is actually not true. A right to work state guarantees that no worker can be forced to join or not join, or to pay dues to a labor union. Plus, your decision will not affect your employment status.

States that are not right to work

Some states have different laws and some are not a right to work state. This means that employees can decline joining the union, but will have to still pay dues. Currently, 22 states do not have right to work laws. These states include California, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and more. It is also important to note that railway workers and airline employees are also included and do not have right to work laws.

Arizona Laws

Since Arizona is a right to work state, it protects their employers from being fired despite their decisions on joining the union or not and without having to pay any dues. This includes state employees, local employees, public teachers and all employees of the federal government. Many confuse right to work laws with at will employment laws. Arizona does have at will employment laws, which means that you can be fired for any reason and do not need to be given any warning.

It is important to always recognize the employment laws in your state and speak with an employment law attorney if you have any questions or concerns at all.

 

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