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It Looks Like Tennessee’s “Right to Work” Laws Are Here to Stay

Here at Cotney Construction Law, we’ve made it our mission to keep employers in the know regarding any laws that could impact their construction companies. One such law is a “right to work” amendment that was just passed by the Tennessee Senate. Fortunately, this amendment is to the benefit of construction companies and aims to solidify Tennessee as a right-to-work state. 

Below, a construction lawyer in Brentwood, TN, discusses this resolution and how it affects contractors in The Volunteer State. As always, the team of attorneys from Cotney Construction Law is on your side. 

For Future Generations 

As of the time of this writing, the measure soared through the Senate and will now be brought before the House, where it is likely to receive similar support. “This amendment will guarantee future generations of Tennessee workers their right to work regardless of whether they choose to join a union,” said Senator Brian Kesley. Assuming this constitutional amendment passes, it would prove incredibly difficult to weaken or repeal Tennessee’s right-to-work laws. 

Tennessee’s “Right to Work” Laws 

Tennessee is one of 27 right-to-work states that prohibit union membership status from being an employment requirement. Under Tennessee Code Annotated §50-1-201, “It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or association of any kind to deny or attempt to deny employment to any person by reason of the person’s membership in, affiliation with, resignation from, or refusal to join or affiliate with any labor union or employee organization of any kind.” Essentially, these laws prohibit unions from signing a contract with a company if the union would require workers to pay dues. 

Employer Considerations 

Opponents of the amendment believe that Tennessee’s right-to-work laws prevent employees from obtaining higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions — important considerations that can be implemented voluntarily by proactive employers. Remember, employers do have a responsibility to maintain a hazard-free work environment, regardless of Tennessee’s right-to-work laws. 

We hope this article has been informative, and if you are ever in need of a construction attorney in Brentwood, TN, turn to the experienced team at Cotney Construction Law. 

If you would like to speak with a construction law attorney in Brentwood, TN, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.