“No” to Right-to-Work Right-to-Work is wrong for Missouri

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“No” to Right-to-Work

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Right-to-Work laws are designed to silence working men and women from sharing in the prosperity that they have helped to produce.

Right-to-Work legislation benefits corporate CEOs, not working Missourians. Our Missouri legislators should work on creating jobs, not making things harder for workers.

Professional researchers have consistently demonstrated in the last 30 years that Right-to-Work laws will result in lower wages, fewer benefits, decreased job safety, and less job security for Missouri‘s workers. Right-to-Work will harm Missouri’s families.

The average worker in states with Right-to-Work (for less) laws make 12.2 % less per year than workers without this law, whether they are union or not. Put another way, in Right-to-Work states, workers make less than $5,971 a year on average, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Both union and non-union workers are less likely to have either health insurance or pensions in Right-to-Work states. The rate of employer-sponsored health insurance for workers in Right-to-Work states is 3.2 % lower than in states without restrictions. The rate of workplace deaths is 54.5% higher in Right-to-Work states.

Right-to-Work does not improve the state’s economy; it will weaken Missouri’s economy. It will not protect Missouri’s families.

It does not improve a state’s business climate; Right-to-Work is not a deciding factor in where businesses locate.

Right-to-Work does not create jobs. Communities actually lose jobs when wages are lowered by right-to-work.

Right-to-Work does not improve the employment rate or boost economic growth. Eight of the 12 states with the highest unemployment rate have Right-to-Work laws.

In fact, Right-to-Work cuts wages and stifles job growth by reducing people’s discretionary income. When people have less discretionary income, they spend less, which in turn, hurts the economy.

In addition to the decreased buying power of those in so-called “Right-to-Work” states, poverty rates are higher in states with right to work laws (14.8 % overall and 20.2 % for children), compared with poverty rates of 13.1 % overall and 18.3 % for children in states without these laws.

In states with right to work laws, 25.9 % of jobs are in low-wage occupations, compared with 18.0 % of jobs in other states. Of the 20 states with the most low-paying jobs, 70 % of them are Right-to-Work.

I am proud to be a former member of both the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union. My father, who worked in the restaurant industry his entire life, earned his highest wage when he was member of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union.

The contrast is clear; my opponent is for Right-to-Work. I want to protect the middle class. I want to Protect Missouri’s families.

Right to Work is wrong for Missouri.