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Right to Work... For Less
Aug 08, 2023

“In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right-to-work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone.…Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer, and there are no civil rights.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated. Unions help raise the standard of living for all workers. Right-to-work laws shift the balance of power away from workers and into the hands of employers. The following video explains the basics of right-to-work for less and why it is bad for workers.

Right-to-Work for Less Facts

So-called right-to-work laws do not give anyone an actual right to work.

Right-to-work laws make it harder for you and your co-workers to join a union or to keep the one you might already have.

Right-to-work laws legally stop unions from collecting dues that pay for your guaranteed rights and representation.

Without dues, unions are unable to properly function, meaning that your right to workplace protections, respectable wages, and good benefits disappear.

According to federal reports, workers in right-to-work states make roughly $6,000 less per year than workers in other states.

In right-to-work states, poverty rates are higher for working adults and their children.

The 12 states that pay workers the highest wages do not have “right-to-work” laws.

Only 5.2 percent of private-sector workers in right-to-work states are union members or are covered by a union contract, compared with 10.2 percent in non-right-to-work states.

Right-to-work laws have not succeeded in boosting employment in states that have adopted them. In fact, right-to-work laws have no causal impact on job growth or unemployment, contrary to the claims of its proponents.

Through weakening unions, right-to-work laws hurt the middle class. As union membership has declined in recent decades, the share of overall income received by the middle class is close to a post-World War II low.

By restricting the capacity of unions to bargain for workers, thus lowering wages and benefits, right-to-work laws lower tax revenues and reduce aggregate demand.


For more information, visit the following websites:

EPI.org
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