Three times ALEC's "right to work" proponents admitted it will lower wages

ALEC's so-called 'right to work' legislation lowers wages, which comes as no surprise since it's pushed by corporate, out-of-state interests, such as the Koch brothers.

Several Missouri legislators who advocate for so-called 'right to work' legislation have acknowledged that the bills will lower wages. In no particular order, they are:

1. Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville)

Having little reservation about being a champion of corporate bill mill American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Rep. Lant has filed multiple word-for-word matches of ALEC model bills. Just before the 2015 legislative session, Lant admitted to Missouri Digital News that his ALEC proposals may drop wages "two to three dollars an hour."


2. Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar)

Emery, an ALEC Co-Chair, admitted in January of 2014 what proponents of so-called 'right to work' laws have long been trying to downplay, that their legislation would result in lower wages for all workers.

"One of the things that will be advocated by the unions is look at all these right to work states, average wages all go down. Sure they go down, you have a whole lot more people working in those states and they aren't necessarily working for $25 an hour. They couldn't get a job for $25 an hour but they can at $20 because they're worth $20, or they're worth $17, or they're worth $12. So, all of the sudden you have a whole lot more people working. But you won't find in any of those states that those workers who were employed, unionized, that their wages have gone down. You'll find that there's more people working because there's more freedom. The employer has more freedom, and the worker has more freedom. As we go forward in Missouri with promoting freedom to work, we need to be sure that people understand the difference between liberty and oppression."

Sidenote: His argument about job creation is not supported by any facts.

3. Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield)

Last but not least, Burlison (another ALEC member) during an interview with The Missouri Times said:

“If a company hires new employees under Right-to-Work, there are probably bringing someone in at an entry level, and those people aren’t going to be paid what the long-time union workers are making, so yes, the average wage might be going down, but there are now more people in the workforce, and an individual has the right to do whatever is in their self interest when it comes to work.”

Sidenote: Once again, the facts do not support the claim that lower wages lead to job creation.


BONUS: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, tireless 'right to work' advocate, earlier this year asked for more money to supplement is 86k salary because he was experiencing "gradual impoverishment."

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder wants more money for doing his job. The Republican officeholder is asking legislators to put money in the budget for a daily expense allowance when he is working in Jefferson City...
He receives an annual salary of about $86,000. But Kinder says he's experienced "gradual impoverishment" during his decade in office...
One of the lieutenant governor's duties is to preside over the Senate. Kinder wants to receive the same allowance that legislators get, which is $103 a day. He's seeking a per diem whenever he's in Jefferson City, not just when the Legislature meets.

-KC Star

It just goes to show how out of touch with Missourians proponents of 'right to work' are.

ALEC's so-called 'right to work' legislation would lower wages, period. The legislators pushing it just don't seem to mind.

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