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Posted on December 31, 2012

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RIGHT-TO-WORK LOWERS STANDARD OF LIVING (Part 2)

Let’s look at the great fallacy at Republicans attempt to make Missouri a right-to-work state.

It’s not so much about creating jobs as about politics and about punishing unions. And in the end the middle class workers will suffer.

By the mos telling economic indicators, right-to-work states trail states where unions retain the right to make union membership a condition of employment, if the employees they represent vote to do so.

The sources for this blog are: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and U.S. Census Bureau.

There has been significant job growth in many right-to-work states, which have become magnets for companies that want to avoid the kind of wage and benefit that collective bargaining helps assure for working people. Such companies create jobs alright, just not the kind Missouri legislators would want to see their own kids reduced to.

But job growth in right-to-work states is  not leading to economic opportunity up and down the ladder, and it may exacerbate poverty in states like Missouri where incomes have been declining for a decade, but have still not reached right-to-work lows.

Our nation has shifted away from manufacturing, created huge trade deficits and failed to invest in things like high tech job training. None of this can be solved with right-to-work.

Of the 10 states with the highest per-capita incomes, for example, only one is a right-to-work state, and only three right-to-work states are in the top 20. On average, right-to-work states have per-capita incomes that trail union states by more than $5,000, and there are 24 right-to-work states.

Eight of the 10 states with the lowest over-all per-capita incomes are right-to-work states. And among the states with the highest rates of people without medical insurance (a sign of the quality of jobs available), seven of 10 are right-to-work. Eight of the 10 states with highest poverty rates are right-to-work.

Missouri is fortunate to have elected Gov. Jay Nixon who will veto  any Republican sponsored bill to pass right-to-work into law in this state.

 

 

 

 

 

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