This Saturday is Workers Memorial Day, a time when working families across the country gather to remember the dead and fight for the living — as Mother Jones put it. Though we’ve made significant strides in workplace safety over the years, it’s clear that we’ve still got some work to do.
Once again, corporate-backed politicians are attacking workers’ rights. This week, joint Indiana House and Senate committees will hold a hearing on the “right-to-work” bill proposed by Governor Mitch Daniels (R). If this bill passes, Indiana would become the first “right-to-work” state in an area considered to be the country’s manufacturing belt. The bill explicitly targets labor unions and seeks to damage their collective bargaining powers. Read more »
After the flood of corporate donations we saw in the last election, it’s no surprise that state legislators across the country are attempting to pass so-called “right-to-work” laws—making it harder for workers to join together in a union and putting more money in the pockets of CEOs.
Yesterday, the New Hampshire State House jumped on the unionbusting bandwagon, passing a controversial “right to work” bill with a 221-131 vote. But Gov. John Lynch has made it clear that he’s going to stand with the middle class on this one—assuring New Hampshire’s working families that he’ll veto the bill.
As the U.S. continues to recover from the Great Recession, Americans expect their political leaders to focus on restarting the economy and bringing back good jobs. Unfortunately, not all politicians are getting the message.
Governors and state legislatures across the country are ruthlessly targeting middle class, public employees, making them the scapegoat for Wall Street’s misdeeds. Florida’s governor wants to force employees to pay more into their pensions while cutting taxes on private business. Read more »
Michael Wasser is American Rights at Work’s summer 2010 research intern.
Proponents of so-called “right-to-work laws,” such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Right to Work Committee, argue that they create a more business-friendly environment and lead to economic growth for states and their residents.
But is that really the case?
As Jack Hough noted in a recent Smart Money article, new research suggests that the supposed economic benefits of right-to-work laws may be little more than useful rhetoric for the law’s supporters. Read more »