The Assault on Unions Is Hurting All Workers

May 28, 2015

By Karla Walter and Jackie Odum

Anti-union state and local policymakers in communities across the country are attacking an already weakened labor movement by enacting so-called right-to-work laws that inhibit workers from bargaining for better wages and benefits.

“Right-to-work laws” make it illegal for workers and employers to negotiate a contract that requires everyone who benefits from a union contract to pay their fair share of the costs of administering it.

Wisconsin became the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law this spring. Following on its heels, the Republican-led Missouri legislature enacted a similar law yesterday. And where statewide legislation has previously failed, a new strategy has emerged among anti-union lawmakers. These laws are going local in Kentucky and Illinois, with city and county governments enacting ordinances to create local right-to-work zones.

Numerous studies show that these laws harm all workers—regardless of their union status—without stimulating any additional job creation. Moreover, it is doubtful that the new, local right-to-work zone ordinances are legal.

If policymakers want to help middle-class Americans and strengthen the economy, they should enact policies to uphold workers’ ability to join together in unions—setting high standards at the federal level and encouraging state and local governments to raise standards even higher….READ THE FULL STORY HERE!


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