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This Day in Georgia History

March 27, 1947

Georgia Became “Right to Work” State

Georgia became a “Right to Work” state when Gov. Melvin Thompson signed legislation prohibiting any employee from having to join or pay dues or fees to any labor organization as a condition of employment. Gov. Thompson also signed legislation prohibiting two or more people from setting up picket lines or engaging in other activities at or near a place where a labor dispute is underway that block or otherwise attempt to keep workers from their jobs.