According to an email alert from We Are Missouri we will be facing Right to Work legislation again in 2014. From that email:
Today marked the first day legislators could “prefile” bills in advance of next year’s legislative session. Unfortunately, instead of coming together to do what’s right for Missouri, some lawmakers are once again pushing an unnecessary and irresponsible ‘Right to Work’ law.
Our readers already know real wages are lower for workers in “Right-To-Work” states (which is why the “(For Less)” is often added to it). They also know that Right to Work laws are in reality government restrictions on the rights of employers and unfair burdens on workers. The bottom line is RTW is wrong for Missouri and America as a whole.
Right to Work (For Less) legislation is based on a lie. It’s a deception backed by groups that consistently operate against working families including ALEC. These laws serve overpaid CEOs and the Investor Class that controls them but no one else. They are backed and promoted by the same people that gave us every economic disaster from the Savings and Loan Scandal to the collapse of 2008 that we still haven’t recovered from. Do we really want to trust their economic advice?
The biggest lie of Right to Work is that it’s a “Right” at all. Supporters say you should not be required to join a union to get a job. We agree. However, you haven’t been required to join a union to get a job in over 60 years. The Taft-Hartley Act made it Illegal to require union membership as a condition of employment back in 1947 for the entire country. You already have this “Right To Work” yet the Missouri Legislature will be wasting thousands of hours and millions of dollars on it again this year. We’d like to know what legislation that might actually help Missouri’s economy and working families won’t get to the floor because so much of the legislature’s efforts will be focused to giving us a right we already have.
Those who support Right To Work laws also argue that unions cost jobs in Non-Right to Work states. This is simply not accurate as Gordon Lafer points out at the Economic Policy Institute in “Right To Work: A Failed Policy“. NAFTA and globalization are responsible not unions. Many of the same people behind RTW legislation backed NAFTA and other job destroying trade agreements. From the article:
Every U.S. state has lost manufacturing jobs to cheaper labor overseas, and RTW laws have been powerless to prevent this. Indeed, as shown in Figure A, the RTW states of North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida have all lost a higher share of their manufacturing sector since NAFTA than has New Hampshire (Public Citizen 2011).Figure A
Right To Work Laws do not create any new rights or jobs yet once again many Missouri Legislators, like many in the U.S. Congress, are going to devote considerable portions of their part-time jobs to this yet again. They will be selling lies to the people of Missouri rather than working on the solutions Missourians need.
What is it with some legislators and their insistence on wasting time and money on the same fights over and over again? How is this different from the kid screaming”but I want it!” over and over again? Good parents don’t give into such tactics and neither should good citizens.