Right-to-work laws are an attack on labor unions led by well-funded, anti-union interest groups. These laws make dues collection more difficult and force unions to pay to represent workers who choose not to join. When states pass right-to-work laws, the results are lower union density, lower wages and lower safety standards across the board, for union and nonunion workers alike.
Right-to-work laws are intentionally misleading. Current federal law already protects our right to work where we want, and our right to choose whether to join a union or not.The anti-union groups who push right-to-work laws want us to believe these laws help workers, but they do just the opposite. Right-to-work laws make it easier to cut hours, eliminate health and safety protection sand pay workers less. The average worker makes about $5,000 less per year in right-to-work states.
Over the last several years, right-wing interest groups have been pushing right-to-work laws in state houses around the country. Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri have all gone right to work in the past five years, and there are now 28 right-to-work states.
The recent wave of right-to-work laws is part of a coordinated attack on working people led by powerful corporations and right-wing interest groups. They want to take away our rights and weaken our union so that they can do as they please, putting profits before people.
Right-to-work laws are introduced in Congress and dozens of state houses each year. We must stay vigilant and educate ourselves, our brothers and sisters and our family and friends about the true impact of these misleading laws.
Right to work repeal and prevention is a top priority. We need to stop the spread of right-to-work laws in order to survive. We need to repeal these laws where they have passed in order to thrive.