Indiana, Michigan show Right-to-Work state law overdue
By now, the talking points are familiar regarding Right to Work legislation.
Advocates say that it is purely about the right for workers to labor while maintaining the final say in whether they will be in a union or not.
Unions say Right-to-Work legislation will destroy members and, eventually therefore, the rights of all workers.
So how’s it worked in two battleground states – Indiana and Michigan where Right-to-Work legislation was passed in recent years?
In Indiana, before 2012 when the legislation was passed, the AFL-CIO was losing members at a record-setting pace. Since then, Indiana has seen 3,000 new union members join, along with the same number of non-union members.
In Michigan, where the legislation passed the same year, unions claimed it would cause a freefall in wages. Since it passed, Michigan’s per-capita personal income has increased from $38,291 to $39,215, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. That increase was the ninth highest in the nation.
Those are the facts. Right to Work legislation doesn’t kill unions or wages.
In Pennsylvania, where’s it’s being debated, a recent poll showed more than 80 percent thing workers should have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union.
To the foot-dragging lawmakers who are keeping Right-to-Work legislation from passing, we ask how many hot button issues 4 of 5 Pennsylvanians agree on. None that we know of.
It’s time, this fall, for the state Legislature to approve overdue Right-to-Work legislation.