There are so many angles to this that sorting through them all is downright tedious. But the bottom line is this, the National Right to Work Act – as it is currently structured – is a TERRIBLE deal for the labor force. The legislation would effectively render unions non-existent by repealing the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRA was enacted by congress in 1935, on the heels of the great depression, and provided workers with the right to organize and collectively bargain for higher wages and better working conditions. This legislation is extremely important to the overall health of the economy, but its not perfect either.
The National Right to Work Committee makes the case that unions are forcing workers to pay union dues for representation they don’t even want. Recent Gallup polls have the national union approval rating at 61% (its important to note those polled were not necessarily union members), its highest rating since 65% in 2003. Currently the statistics demonstrate this claim by the NRTWC to be false. Paying union dues can be irksome to workers when there is no work to be had, after all they’re paying the salaries of the union bosses while struggling to put food on the table for their families. There is no work so what are we paying them for? Its a legitimate gripe and one that can and should be addressed. But when the work is there the collective bargaining of the union gets them a better wage and far better healthcare than they would ever get without them. This is the purpose of the NLRA which greatly helped the economy recover following the Great Depression.
Workers making better wages increases their purchasing power as well as tax revenue. These things are good for America and the health of its economy. The combination of stagnant or decreasing wages and inflation and overproduction will ultimately collapse the economy. No business can survive an economy where its consumers have no money to spend, less money for workers is less money for businesses. Right to Work is state law in 26 states currently; and of those states, 19 make the list of the 25 states with the highest poverty rates. As a result, these states also require a greater amount of federal aid. There are many other factors involved – such as land resources and location – but the correlation between these factors and Right to Work is undeniable. Low wages and poor working conditions contributed to severe economic collapse before and certainly would again.
The reason why manufacturing jobs move to Right to Work states is the same reason jobs get shipped overseas; companies can pay workers less and increase their profit margins. This benefits investors and increases the value of the company, which is good as long as people can afford to buy the products being produced. If every state goes Right to Work this will no longer be the case and businesses will fail and then the banks will be back in trouble again and they’ll have to be bailed out AGAIN because allowing them to fail would be horrifically bad. Its unsavory, I know. But things would be much, much worse the other way. Another depression would be catastrophic, especially in the current environment. So we must keep our Unions and keep paying the salaries of the union reps because it is better than the alternative.
The NRTWC strongly emphasizes abusive and unethical tactics used by union bosses against their members, but union bosses are elected officials who can be voted out by the members if the job they are doing is unsatisfactory. Much of the union corruption that is often discussed is ancient history. On the other hand there have been numerous reports of intimidation being used by certain businesses to prevent their employees from exercising their legal right to unionize. Big names like Target come to mind. With union CBA’s at least people would get paid more and have better healthcare while being harassed. Story time!
I worked in a right to work state for a few years. The industry I was employed in went into a death spiral the year after I arrived. Work being incredibly scarce. The big companies went under first, either going bankrupt or liquidating the portions of their business that involved my line of work. The survivors were the mom-and-pop shops with a low over-head who were scrapping for the few jobs available by constantly underbidding each other. After three years I left that place making a lower wage and with worse healthcare than when I started. I got a raise only once (I asked for one much more than once), a dollar an hour. After the across the board 10% pay cut, I was below my initial starting wage. That is right to work in action. People were damn near losing their lives for barely enough money to pay the bills. The owner of the company always seemed to be doing very well for himself though, good for him for owning a successful business I guess?
Another key point of the NRTWC is that billions of dollars of union member money is being used politically to support union-friendly candidates. Its true, they do this to protect the unions and the ability to bargain for a fair shake from employers. Coincidentally the NRWTC kindly asks you to donate money to support their cause as well. I imagine that donor list to include wealthy business owners who would further stuff their pockets by paying their workers less and moronic workers that would rather tow a party line than support their own best interests. Also, and this is important, you can be fired without cause or severance pay. That isn’t rights its wrongs.
The Right to Work Act is a thinly veiled assault on citizens rights to earn a living wage. It is designed to strip workers of their pay and benefits. They will have to ask for a raise all by themselves, at which point their employers will deny them that, knowing full well the single employee has zero leverage to bring to the table.
Do not let this scam slip by you while the various media outlets piss on each others legs about Russia or Stormy Daniels, Christ.