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New Report on Expanding Worker Freedom in the States

Labor Reform Policy: 50 State Factsheets is ALEC’s latest resource for lawmakers, business leaders, and all Americans.

Arlington, Va. – The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is pleased to announce the release of the 2nd Edition of “Labor Reform Policy: 50 State Factsheets,” a resource for state lawmakers, business leaders, and all Americans to better understand how their states are inhibiting or enhancing worker freedom.

“When pursuing your version of the American Dream, an important first step is understanding if your state’s policy landscape facilitates the best opportunities,” said ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development (CIED) Task Force Senior Director Gretchen Baldau. “As our workforce continues to evolve and adapt, the right labor policies can empower individuals to effectively and efficiently accomplish their goals.”


The report’s 50 State Factsheets evaluate each state based on policies such as Right-to-Work, minimum wage, out-of-state occupational licensing recognition, and more. Authored by ALEC’s Gretchen Baldau and Alan Jernigan, the new report also features key ALEC model policy solutions to promote worker freedom at the state level.

“American workers continue telling us they want flexibility,” said Kansas House Majority Leader and ALEC CIED Public Sector Task Force Chair Chris Croft. “This publication provides a resource for lawmakers hoping to ensure their state’s labor policies focus on providing worker choice that will keep skilled labor at home instead of driving them away.”


For 50 years, ALEC has championed free market-friendly labor policies across industries, sectors, and the spectrum of labor issues. ALEC’s CIED Task Force promotes policies that enhance competitiveness, promote employment, encourage innovation, and limit government regulations on business. As the American workforce continues to adapt to the ever-changing market, the CIED Task Force will continue supporting worker freedom through discussion, seminars, and publications like Labor Policy Reform.

“Despite the media focus on Capitol Hill, the 50 states ultimately have significant control over their individual labor landscapes. Pro-worker states stand out from the crowd as places where any hard-working American can truly pursue happiness,” Baldau concluded.

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