With his presidential poll numbers sinking, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is trying to make a name for himself by bashing public sector unions.
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).