As misnomers go there are few more insidious than so-called “Right to Work” laws — like the one now on its way to enactment in Michigan.
“Right-To-Work” Laws Hurt Wages And Benefits For All Workers: Numerous studies have found that wages for both union and non-union workers are lower in states with right-to-work laws. Others have found that workplace safety suffers in right-to-work states, where workers are less likely to secure job safety enhancements beyond federal and state regulations. [McClatchy Newspapers, 2/16/12]
“Right-To-Work” Laws Have Little Impact On Employment Or Economic Growth: The Economic Policy Institute analyzed employment growth in states with and without “right-to-work” laws and found that “the evidence is overwhelming” that “right-to-work laws have not succeeded in boosting employment growth in the states that have adopted them.”
“Right-To-Work” Laws Do Not Give Workers More Rights: Federal law already guarantees that no one can be forced to be a member of a union, or to pay any amount of dues or fees to a political or social cause they don’t support. What right-to-work laws do is allow some workers to receive a free ride, getting the advantages of a union contract — such as higher wages and benefits and protection against arbitrary discipline — without paying any fee associated with negotiating on these matters. [Center for American Progress Action Fund, 2/2/12]