Democrats, who blocked a similar measure in the previous session when they were in control of the House and Senate, oppose the latest iteration of the proposal.
The court’s decision ended a provision in 21 other states that required public employees to pay what’s known as “fair share” fees as a condition of employment, even if they don’t want to be union members. The fees are meant to help offset the costs of bargaining and contract administration that benefit them.
But the ruling doesn’t affect private sector unions unless they represent workers in one of the 27 states that have right to work laws.
Similar versions of a right to work law championed by New Hampshire Republicans have been debated for years by the state Legislature but failed to pass.
The proposal now moves next to the House of Representatives, where Speaker Sherman Packard, R-Londonderry, has put its approval at the top of his legislative agenda.
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, a longtime backer of right to work provisions, is expected to sign the measure if it reaches his desk.