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S. 3255 (116th): Nationwide Right To Unionize Act

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About the bill

Should states have the option to prevent compulsory union membership within their borders?

Context and what the legislation does

The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, passed over the veto of Democratic President Harry Truman, allowed states to ban mandatory union membership for workers. Within a year, 12 states did just that, becoming right-to-work states.

Currently, 27 states are right-to-work, the most recent being Kentucky in 2017. President Trump, like most Republicans, has expressed fondness for right-to-work policies. “It is better for the people. You are not paying the big fees to the unions. The unions get big fees,” Trump said. “A lot of people don’t realize they have to pay a lot of fees.”

Studies have found that the results are a mixed bag. Right-to-work states generally have lower wages ...

Sponsor and status

Elizabeth Warren

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Feb 5, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 5, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


16 Cosponsors (15 Democrats, 1 Independent)



Feb 5, 2020

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S. 3255 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3255. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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