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Last week two things happened that should deeply concern all working Missourians. First, the Economic Policy Institute came out with a new report showing so-called 'right to work' states have lower wages, and second an ALEC 'right to work' bill has been added to the Missouri Senate's calendar.
The new report via Economic Policy Institute found:
- Wages in RTW states are 3.1 percent lower than those in non-RTW states, after controlling for a full complement of individual demographic and socioeconomic factors as well as state macroeconomic indicators. This translates into RTW being associated with $1,558 lower annual wages for a typical full-time, full-year worker.
- The relationship between RTW status and wages remains economically and statistically significant under alternative specifications of our econometric model.
Of course "right to work" lowers wages, it's being pushed by out-of-state corporate interests. Just last week the Koch brothers sent the Americans for Prosperity CEO to Jeff City to push their national anti-worker agenda.
It comes as no surprise that a 'right to work' bill was just put on the Senate calendar, meaning it can be brought up, debated, and voted on at any time.
Who wins if "right to work" gets passed by the Missouri legislature? Not working Missourians that's for sure.
BONUS: Here's a side-by-side comparison of Sen. Brown's bill and the ALEC model it is carved from.
SB 127, Sponsored by Senator Dan Brown
|ALEC's Model "Right to Work Act"|
|No person shall be required as a condition or continuation of employment to:||No person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment:|
|(1) Become or refrain from becoming a member of a labor organization;||(B) to become or remain a member of a labor organization;|
|(2) Pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other similar charges, however denominated, of any kind or amount to a labor organization; or||(C) to pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount to a labor|
|(3) In lieu of the payments listed under subdivision (2) of this subsection, pay to any charity or other third party any amount equivalent to, or on a pro rata basis, any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges required of members of a labor organization.||(D) to pay to any charity or other third party, in lieu of such payments, any amount
equivalent to or a pro-rata portion of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges regularly
required of members of a labor organization; or
|3. Any agreement, understanding, or practice,written or oral, implied or expressed, between any labor organization and employer that violates the rights of employees as guaranteed under this section is declared to be unlawful, null and void, and of no legal effect.||
Any agreement, understanding, or practice, written or oral, implied or expressed, between any labor organization and employer that violates the rights of employees as guaranteed by provisions of this chapter is hereby declared to be unlawful, null and void, and of no legal effect. Any strike, picketing, boycott, or other action by a labor organization for the sole purpose of inducing or attempting to induce an employer to enter into any agreement prohibited under this chapter is hereby declared to be for an illegal purpose and is a violation of the pro-visions of this chapter.