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Home / Articles / Editorial / Letters /  Stats confirm that right-to-work states are better off than others
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Stats confirm that right-to-work states are better off than others

To the Editor:

In "Dems Speak Out Against Proposed 'Right-to-Work' Measures" (June 10), state Rep. Debbie Phillips is quoted as stating the wages are lower in "right-to-work" states (RTWS). This is contrary to the January report by James Hohman of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. His study found that RTWS have 4.1 percent higher per-capita personal income than have non-right-to-work states (NTRWS).

After adjusting for cost-of-living, Wyoming becomes the second wealthiest state while Texas, Florida and Virginia enter the top 10. Of the 22 RTWS that existed in 2007, only three were in the bottom 15

In addition to higher incomes, RTWS added more jobs and have lower unemployment than NRTWS. Since 2001, RTWS have added 1.7 million jobs while the NRTWS lost 2.1 million jobs. The unemployment rate in RTWS is a full 1 percent lower than in NRTWS over the past decade despite harsh economic conditions. RTWS attract more workers from NRTWS. Over the past two years 400,000 people moved to RTWS from NRTWS. In brief, RTWS have been gaining people and gaining income. And when adjusting for cost-of-living, these states also have higher incomes.

These findings are not unique. Drawing upon data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Patent and Research Office and Bureau of Economic Analysis, the American Legislative Exchange Council in 2008 reported that RTW states created more private-sector jobs, had lower poverty rates, experienced more technology development, had more personal income growth, and increased the number of people covered by employment-based private health insurance.

Additionally, our neighbor Indiana became a RTWS in February 2012. By December of that year, Sen. Ron Alting noted that 31 companies had come to that state, producing more than 5,000 new jobs and adding about $500 million into their companies.

Finally, teachers are just as likely to make a comfortable living in a RTWS as in a NRTWS according to a survey of Teacherportal.com, a website operated by the California-based QuinStreet, Inc. Looking at teacher salaries, 13 of the top 23 states were RTWS when factoring in salaries and cost of living.

In short, there are considerable benefits to working in a right-to-work state. Don Drolet, chair of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, said "the employees are doing perfectly fine under right-to-work. It is the union bosses who are crying like spoiled brats." Instead, union bosses have to persuade potential members to join by showing them its benefits. This is as it should be in a free society.

Thomas Oellerich, MSW, PhD.
Associate Professor of Social Work (ret.)
Ohio University

Athens

 

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There are studies that point each way, Dr. Oellerich found one to support his opinion. Here's a link to more opinions. From the link,


"There’s a dizzying amount of research on the subject, but a few broad conclusions have emerged over the years: Right-to-work laws do weaken labor unions. The laws appear to tilt the balance of power so that workers reap fewer of the gains from growth. And it’s still hard to find definitive evidence that right-to-work laws help (or harm) a state’s overall economy. "

 

Everyone needs to open their eyes. The Unions along with few friends like Debbie Phillips are the only ones left fighting for workers right. Companies are spending tons of resources and money on Right-to-work laws, and legislation. Not their employees. Why? Is it because they are looking out for the best interest of their employees and protecting them from the unions? No. It’s because they know R-T-W weakens labor union and workers right. Collectively we bargain, divided we beg.

 

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The Mackinac Center is the largest conservative policy think-tank in the country and promotes legislation that is pro-business.   In other words, it's anti-union and anti-worker.

 

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"We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers' salaries and take away their right to vote." - Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933

 

 

 
 
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