Data shows that Right-to-Work laws don’t help the economy as promised; the real goal is to reduce the ability of workers to join in demanding higher wages and improved working conditions. The notion that Right-to-Work is a positive for 99% of us is a fallacy. Right-to-Work states distribute more to wealthy employers at the expense of employees, the middle class and the taxpayer.
Workers actually earn more in fair-share collective bargaining economies like Illinois’. In Right-to-Work states in comparison, workers make less money, have fewer or no benefits and do not have strong workplace protections. Look at Indiana, which is a Right-to-Work state: their western border counties have a higher unemployment rate than Illinois’ bordering eastern counties.
The only people who benefit from Right-to-Work laws are corporate CEOs, who already make, on average, 300 times more than the rest of us. (AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch)
A better, proven approach to fixing Illinois’ economy would be to “increase consumer demand, raise worker wages, and make investments in education and public infrastructure” (Manzo/Bruno, 2015).
Who is pushing the idea of Right-to-Work? The term and the notion of Right-to-Work was originally created and disseminated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Recently, conservative think tanks such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Heritage Foundation are pushing the adoption of Right-to-Work zones, state by state. Yet the data supporting Right-to-Work gains has been shown to be False.
Won’t Right-to-Work attract new businesses to Illinois and give me more job opportunities? According to corporate surveys like Area Development, private firms do not consider Right-to-Work laws a defining factor in business location decisions. Labor skills and costs, state and local tax incentives, highway accessibility and infrastructure investment, energy costs, and proximity to major markets with high consumer demand are far more important to corporate executives.
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