By Duane Campbell
While labor won big in the 2012 elections, we did not win everywhere. Labor did not win in Michigan. Republican legislators in Michigan on Thursday passed so called Right-To-Work legislation for private sector work by six votes in the Senate and the House. The governor has indicated he will sign the bill. A following bill restricting public sector workers is following close behind in the lame duck session.
From: Kitchen table economics: in DSA’s Democratic Left. Winter 2012.What is Right To Work? What motivates and who funds these state campaigns against organized labor? Answer: In states that have adopted so called Right To Work, annual wages and benefits are about $1,500 lower than for comparable workers in non-RTW states—for both union and nonunion workers. And the odds of getting health insurance or a pension through one’s job are also lower. (1)
Right to work (RTW) is a misleading slogan. It does not guarantee anyone a job, that is a right to work. Rather, it makes it illegal for unions to require that each worker who benefits from a union contract pays his or her fair share of the costs of administering that contract.
“Right to Work” is a propaganda title that unfortunately the corporate owned has successfully branded and the media repeats day by day. We should avoid repeating the phrase. Instead we should call it what it is, an assault on unions. (more…)