“Right To Work” is Wrong for ALL Ohions
“Right to work” sounds like a good idea. But in reality, these laws have nothing to do with providing rights or work. Right-to-work laws make it optional for workers protected by a union contract to help pay for the expenses that the union incurs while guaranteeing the rights of all employees. Why is that a big deal? By limiting unions’ resources and weakening the ability of workers to have a say about their jobs, these laws drive down everyone’s wages, benefits, and overall living standards.
Ignoring the facts, corporate-backed politicians are embracing these deceptive policies. They want to make every state a right-to-work state to increase profits for CEOs and hurt efforts to restore balance to our economy. With millions of Americans still unemployed, right to work is an ill-timed distraction from the issues that matter to the middle class—and the wrong choice for our states.
“Right To Work” Is Wrong For All Workers: Union and Non-Union
Communities lose jobs when wages are lowered by right to work.
- The Economic Policy Institute estimates that for every $1 million in wage cuts, the local economy sheds six jobs.
- Right to work does not improve the employment rate.
In fact, seven of the 11 states with the highest unemployment rates have right-to-work laws on the books.
- According to a report from Ohio University, these laws actually led to a decrease in employment in certain industries.
Even Extremist Committee Knows “Right To Work” Is Wrong Doesn’t Help Local Economy
Surprise! Labor and an extremist anti-union special interest group agree on the impact of “right-to-work” laws. We argue that states don’t benefit from passing these misnamed laws. The National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC) concurs.
The group’s spokesman told the Wisconsin State Journal, “We’re not purporting to prove that right to work produces superior economic performance.”
Indeed the data makes this point clear. Right-to-work laws don’t benefit workers, businesses or communities:
Download Workplace Pledge To Oppose Right To Work is Wrong Petition & Flyers
With the election of Donald Trump, Right To Work is Wrong is ramping up all over the country, and especially in Ohio. Nationally, a bill was introduced for National Right To Work is Wrong, in Ohio a bill was introduced for Public Sector Right To Work is Wrong and the township of West Chester, OH is tried to pass Right To Work is Wrong locally.
Here is a petition you can download to have your co-workers sign to pledge their Opposition to Right To Work is Wrong.
Click here to download a worksite flyer to copy and hand out about two devastating statistics on Right To Work is Wrong.
You can also download and order bulk flyers for free at Working Families Toolkit here.
False Claims, False Promises: Why “Right to Work” Is Wrong for Everyone
The facts below illustrate why right to work is wrong for workers, businesses, and our economy. (You can also download this fact sheet as a PDF.)
Wrong for workers
- These laws drive down wages for all workers, including non-union members, women, and people of color.
Workers living in right-to-work states earn about $1,500 less per year than workers in states without these laws. The wage penalty is even higher for women and workers of color.
- 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 percentage points lower than in states without these restrictions.
- Right to work makes workplaces more dangerous.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace deaths is higher in right-to-work states.
Wrong for businesses
- Right-to-work laws do not improve business conditions in states.
- Right to work is not a deciding factor in where businesses locate.
- High-tech companies that provide good-paying, American jobs favor states where unions have a strong presence, because unions provide a high-skilled workforce and decrease turnover.