No individual should be forced to financially support an organization with which they disagree or risk penalty. However, in Missouri and 24 other states, private-sector employers and unions may agree to a contract provision known as a union security clause, which compels workers to pay union dues or lose their job. Currently, Missouri is considering becoming a right-to-work state, which would allow workers to opt-out of paying dues to a union they may not support without risk of termination. While worker freedom is the most important aspect of right-to-work protections, other benefits arise from such laws. In a recent study conducted by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, “Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws,” found that real personal income, over the duration the study analyzed (1977-2012), grew by 123 percent in the United States, but right-to-work states saw faster growth rate of 165 percent whereas non-right-to-work states only saw below average growth of 99 percent. With respect to Missouri, the study’s economic analysis showed that the Show Me State's estimated per capita income loss associated with not having a right-to-work law was $3,040. The Competitive Enterprise Institute along with 54 other organizations signed on to a coalition letter showing our support for right-to-work protections in Missouri. See coalition letter, here. Originally posted on CEI.org.