Here are the real FACTS about why these schemes – barring fair share in the public sector and promoting so-called “right-to-work” in the private sector- are simply WRONG.
WRONG FOR EMPLOYEES
These laws drive down wages for all workers, including non-union members. Workers living in the “right-to-work” states earn about $5,900 less per year than workers in states without these laws, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The wage penalty is even higher for women and workers of color.
EPI also found that workers in “right-to-work” states are less likely to have health insurance. The rate of employer-sponsored health insurance for workers in “right-to-work” states is 2.6% lower than in states without these harmful restrictions.
WRONG FOR THE ECONOMY
These laws do not improve the employment rate. In fact, 8 of the 12 states with the highest unemployment have “right-to-work” laws, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Wall Street ratings agency Moody’s said, “Since laws that hurt unions shift the balance of power from employees to owners, they tend to erode wages and lead to a more uneven distribution of the gains of economic growth.“
WRONG FOR COMMUNITIES
Communities lose jobs when wages are lowered by “right-to-work.” The Economic Policy Institute estimates that when wages are driven down, the local economy sheds jobs- because businesses have fewer customers who spend less.
With an educated workforce and good transportation, “Illinois’ business climate outshines its regional rivals.” The state Chamber of Commerce told the Chicago Tribune, “Illinois doesn’t need ‘right-to-work’ to compete with our neighbors.“