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Is Nevada a right-to-work state?

By Todd Butterworth on 03/21/2023


Nevada’s right-to-work law is in NRS 613.230-300. Right-to-work laws prohibit agreements between labor unions and employers that make membership in a union or payment of union dues a condition of employment. There are 27 states with such laws; 16 enacted them before 1956.

The 1947 federal Taft-Hartley Act authorizes individual states to adopt an “open shop” rule, under which an employee cannot be compelled to join a union or pay dues, nor can they be fired for joining a union.

Nevada’s law was enacted by an initiative of the people and became effective in 1953. In the 1950s, voters defeated three attempts at repealing the law. Since 1959, the Legislature has considered and rejected at least 10 measures to amend or repeal the law. 

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Nevada Legislature NRS 613.230-300

National Conference of State Legislatures Right-to-Work Resources

Nevada Legislature Policy and Program Report: Labor and Employment

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