An area that has been left to the states is the protection of a worker's right to join or not to join a union. It is the public policy of South Carolina that the right to work cannot be denied on account of membership or nonmembership in a labor organization or labor union. The Office of Labor-Management Mediation of the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation administers the Right-to-Work law.
Employers may not require employees, as a condition of employment or continued employment, to:
• Be or become a member or affiliate of a labor organization or agency;
• Abstain or refrain from membership in a labor organization; or
• Pay any fees, dues, assessments, or other sums of money to a person or organization (SC Code Sec. 41-7-30(A)(1-3)). However, employers may make such deductions from a worker's pay if the employee has authorized the deduction in ...