So-called “right-to-work” laws hurt working families’ pocketbooks and drive down overall living standards in communities. By weakening the voice of workers and their ability to negotiate through their unions, right-to-work laws drive down the wages of an average worker by $5,333 a year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. What’s worse, right-to-work laws fall hardest on women and minorities, whose wages suffer the most as a result. These laws make it easier for “low-road” companies to win out by offering poor wages and benefits, and despite claims to the contrary, have not been found to improve business conditions in states. As Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. put it, right-to-work “provides no rights and no work. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining.”

Date Item Title
January 11, 2011 New Research Counters Arguments for Right-to-Work Laws
May 01, 2009 The Effect of Endogenous Right-to-Work Laws on Business and Economic Conditions in the United States
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