Reprinted from The West Virginia Record-Delta by Heather Anderson on September 27, 2017.
” … RTW [Right to Work] laws have nothing to do with whether people can be forced to join a union or contribute to a political cause they do not support; those things are already illegal,” writes Heather Anderson in The West Virginia Record-Delta. “Nor do RTW laws have anything to do with the right to have a job or be provided employment. These are just catchy phrases that some legislators like to use to gain support for the union-busting laws.
“Unionization raises wages both for union members as well as for non-union workers; therefore, it is not surprising that research shows that both union and non-union workers in states with RTW laws have lower wages and fewer benefits, on average, than comparable workers in other states.
“Average hourly wages in non-RTW states are 15.8 percent higher than RTW states. And, workers in RTW states are also less likely to have employer-sponsored health care coverage (Economic Policy Institute, http://www.epi.org/publication/right-to-work-states-have-lower-wages). Shockingly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace deaths is 49 percent higher in states with RTW laws. …