Minnesota "Right to Work" Amendment (2012)

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The Minnesota Freedom of Employment Amendment, also known as the "Right to Work" Amendment, did not appear on the November 2012 ballot in Minnesota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

The measure proposed making mandatory union membership or payment of union dues prohibited.

Text of measure

The ballot language of the measure would have read as follows:[1]

Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to guarantee all citizens the individual freedom to decide to join or not join a labor union; to remain with or leave a labor union; or to pay or not pay dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind to a labor union or any affiliated third party or charity, without having it affect their employment status?

  • YES
  • NO

Constitutional changes

The proposed amendment would add a section to Article I of the Minnesota Constitution[2]


The measure was sponsored by State Rep. Steve Drazkowski and Sen. Dave Thompson.[3] In a joint press release they said, "If Minnesotans vote in favor of this amendment, every Minnesota worker would still have the right to join or support a labor union, only now it would be his or her own decision. Union employees would still be able to collectively bargain the same as under current law."[4][5]


  • State Rep. Morrie Lanning stated her thoughts on the measure: "I’m opposed. I just don’t think we ought to be pursuing that at this point in time."[6]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Minnesota Constitution

In order to refer proposed amendments to the ballot they must be agreed on by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Minnesota State Legislature.

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