"Misleadingly named right-to-work (RTW) laws do not, as some unfamiliar with the term may assume, entail any guarantee of employment for people ready and willing to go to work. Rather, by making it harder for workers’ organizations to sustain themselves financially, state RTW laws aim to undermine unions’ bargaining strength. Because RTW laws lower wages and benefits, weaken workplace protections, and decrease the likelihood that employers will be required to negotiate with their employees, they are advanced as a strategy for attracting new businesses to a state. But EPI research shows that RTW laws do not have any positive impact on job growth."


  • In RTW states workers across the board make less money
  • In RTW states workplace injuries and fatalities become more common

What's wrong with "Right to Work?" Prof. G. Lafer, University of Oregon, September, 2011

New Study Shows Right to Work Harms Workers

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