The Alliance for Worker Freedom (part of Americans for Tax Reform) has created an Index of Worker Freedom and graded New York State with an "F".
The 2009 Index of Worker Freedom (IWF) is the Alliance for Worker Freedom’s second sate-by-state comparative study that measures the level of worker freedom by analyzing actual policy as well as quantitative state data.
New York received an IWF score of three out of fifteen, earning an “F” score. With the highest union density, highest public sector union membership, and second highest private sector union membership, it is crucial that New York pass worker protections to prevent union corruption and coercion. Right to work laws are critical to preserve workers’ right to choose whether they join a union. Without this protection, workers are forced to pay dues to a union as a condition of employment. In the public sector, over 1 million people belong to a union, 70.5 percent of the public sector workforce. Even more workers, 72.5 percent of the public workforce are covered under a collective bargaining agreement.16 Collective bargaining agreements treat all workers exactly the same and do not account for differing abilities, talents, and preferences. They do not provide incentives for workers to excel and get better pay or benefits. New York needs to take further action to protect the freedom of public sector workers by passing paycheck protection laws. Without these protections, unions take dues directly from workers’ paychecks and may use that money for political campaigns. Paycheck protections require unions to ask workers before they spend union dues on political activities.
Right to Work (RTW) 0
Union Density (UD) 0
Public Union Membership (UMU) 0
Private Union Membership (UMR) 0
Paycheck Protection (PP) 0
Prevailing Wage (PW) 0
Collective Bargaining (CB) 0
Workers Comp (WC) 0
Minimum Wage (MW) 0
Entrepreneurial Activity (EA) 1
Health Insurance Mandates (IM) 0
Licensing (L) 1
Unemployment (UE) 1
State Corporate Tax Rates (CTR) 0
Top Marginal Tax Rates (MTR) 0