Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Right to Work Laws Destroy Communities

April 30, 2018

By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC – Right to Work laws are not only anti-worker they are dangerous for our American way of life. These regulations reduce the ability of employees to have a voice in the workplace as well as representation. They take away a unions right to organize and an employers right to negotiate for fair paychecks and safety standards.
The large businesses pushing for Right to Work bills are the same ones shipping American jobs overseas.These companies argue that controlling wages and employee benefits make states more competitive. However, with RTW laws – large companies gain and local communities loose. Standards of living are reduced for workers and local  businesses suffer. With a reduced tax base – schools and social services are affected.

Longterm, Right to Work doesn’t create jobs and actually has a negative effect on a states’ economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, seven of the top 10 states with the highest unemployment are right to work states. In addition, the jobs that stay in Right to Work states are lower paid. On average, workers in RTW states make about $5,000 less a year than in other states.

April 30, 2018

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