NEWS ARTICLE MONTH OF MARCH 2017

“Right To Work” Is Wrong For America: Whether You Are Union Or Not!                      From The Desk of: Darin Compton       “Right to Work” is legislation aimed to weaken unions and their ability to represent workers, negotiate better wages, safer working conditions and good health and welfare coverage. In all, 28 states now have RTW laws on the books; Missouri is the latest.  A national “Right to Work” bill has just been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. With Republicans in control of Congress we could see a national “Right to Work” law that would have a crippling effect on organized labor. In states with RTW laws middle income workers make on average 13.9% or $ 8,174.00 per year less than do workers in states without RTW laws. States with RTW laws also spend 32.5% less per student on elementary and secondary education than do non RTW states according to AFL-CIO data. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics not only are injury rates higher in “Right to Work” states, but jobsite deaths are 49% higher. RTW states also have higher unemployment rates and poverty rates. De-unionization is one reason Americans’ wages have declined, and the goal of “Right to Work” legislation is the weakening of unions and their ability to represent workers by eliminating the union security clause in collective bargaining agreements. According to The Building Trades Bulletin...

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