Right to Work for Less Not Right for Indiana
January 09, 2012
This article was penned by Allen County Democratic Party Executive Director Jack Morris:
There have recently been articles concerning legislation called “right-to-work” (RTW). Articles in favor of this legislation provided u
At the outset I acknowledge the right of those who advocate for RTW legislation. We need a full and complete discussion of any topic. However, we should look facts in support of each view and not rest upon bare assertion without verifiable facts. A review of the facts related to RTW legislation causes me to oppose this legislation.
Before an informed discussion on RT, it is appropriate to address the name. This legislation does not create any job or the right to any job. Further, the ‘right’ which it confers carries significant negative consequences with far reaching impact on the ability of a worker to obtain a job with a living wage (a wage which enables the worker to support his or her self and a family). These co
State Representative Win Moses addressing a town hall meeting on the "Right to Work" legislation.
RTW laws are really government interference with the rights of workers and employers to enter into a contract. RTW laws allow a person who benefits by the contract to avoid paying the costs of obtaining the benefits gained by the contract. Clearly this approach weakens the worker side of the contractual bargain to the benefit of the employer. In the absence of organized labor there would be no contract between the employer and the worker.
The result of passage of RTW laws in some states was the creation of two competing labor climates within the United States, one (primarily in the Northeast, the Midwest, and on the West Coast) permitted “fair share” representation clauses in contracts and thus encouraged stable unio
Two independent studies, one by the Indiana University Division of Labor Studies in January, 2006 and a March 2011 report from the Higgi
The Indiana and Notre Dame research refutes the claims that RTW legislation attracts businesses to a state. Further, The Work Environment Index (WEI), co
Mayor Tom Henry addresses the crowd at the Fort Wayne "Right to Work" Town Hall
‘Right-to-work’ laws are an attempt to limit the capacity of unio
True economic development is the process of increasing opportunities and living standards for allresidents of an area. The claimed economic growth to be accomplished by the advocates of RTW does not address how ‘growth’ is distributed. The facts comparing wages in RTW to non-RTW demonstrate worker wages and benefits are lower in the RTW states. Real economic development is not compatible with falling wages and benefits for workers. Our present economic downturn is evidence of what happe
The facts dictate rejection of RTW laws for
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