With his presidential poll numbers sinking, Wisconsin
Governor Scott Walker is trying to make a name for himself by bashing public
Walker proposes to eliminate unions for employees of the
federal government making all work places right to work.
It’s no secret that Walker is a puppet of the billionaire
Koch Brothers and this backwards proposal sounds like it came from their union
bashing playbook to set the clock back for workers.
We’ve said over and over to our members that Right to Work
laws really mean the Right to Work for less.
The average worker in states with Right to Work laws make
less compared to workers in other states. In addition, it’s untrue that Right
to Work legislation will automatically result in companies hiring more workers
– there has to be a demand.
Workers in states with Right to Work make $1, 540 a year
less, when all other factors are removed than workers in other states. The
median weekly earning of the nation’s 107.9 million full-time wage and salary
workers was $790 in the third quarter of 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics. In addition, people with Right to Work laws are more likely to be
uninsured (16.8 percent, compared with 13.1 percent overall).
More evidence that Right to Work is truly awful for workers
are data that find median household income in states with these laws is $6, 437
less than in other states ($46,402 vs. $52,839).