The Right to Work — for Less

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Ohio Governor John Kasich have led the efforts to destroy collective bargaining for public employees. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is intent on destroying private sector unions and to make Indiana a right-to-work state (RTW) — many people leave off “for less” at the end of the term “right-to-work.” It is too bad that an analysis has not been done of the pathology of the residents of those three states, which would  examine what has led them to elect such destructive men to the highest elective office in their respective states.

One of te best indicators that we live in an Orwellian world is that the right-to-work is presented as a job-creation strategy. Oklahoma thought it was being a smarty-pants by adopting RTW; however, in the ten years after the adoption of RTW, manufacturing jobs in the state fell by one-third. Surveys of manufacturers confirm that RTW is not a significant draw, as in a 2010 survey, manufacturers ranked it sixteenth among factors affecting location decisions.

Gordon Lafer, a professor specializing in organized labor issues, says that the impact of RTW laws is to lower average income by about $1,500 a year and to decrease the odds of getting health insurance or a pension through your job.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is very comfortable with political indoctrination when it comes to reinforcing a state’s RTW status but it doesn’t want any independent worker’s organization exercising  any political role in the workplace.

President Obama is unlikely to be a formidable foe of the expansion of right-to-work in the United States in a possible second term, as he has done little to defend collective bargaining or promote the growth of organized labor in his first term.

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