Right-to-work states are generally considered to be hostile environments for public employees who try to organize and secure union representation in order to maintain rights to fair treatment and just compensation through collective bargaining over an extended period of time.However, in one right-to-work state, Florida, we find examples of unions that have managed to survive and develop over decades. To understand the significance of this phenomenon, we need to ask several questions. What conditions make this possible? What kinds of unions are favored by these conditions? What goals can unions realistically expect to set? What would it take for public employee unions in other right-to-work states to produce these results?


In its conclusion, the article, as originally published, the American Legislative Exchange Council was erroneously referred to by the acronym ASEC. The currently published article has been corrected. The eds apologize for the error.