Right to Work will hurt the labor force. Proponents of right to work legislation say that it leads to more jobs. However, an article in Forbes showed that Oklahoma had lost 50,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector after Right To Work legislation was introduced.
“Rather than increasing job opportunities, the state saw companies relocate out of Oklahoma. In high-tech industries and those service industries “dependent on consumer spending in the local economy” the laws appear to have actually damaged growth. At the end of the decade, 50,000 fewer Oklahoma residents had jobs in manufacturing. Perhaps most damning, Lafer and Allegretto could find no evidence that the legislation had a positive impact on employment rates.
A Solution Without a Problem.
Under federal law, no employee can be forced to join a union. This has been true since 1947, when the Taft-Hartley amendments to the National Labor Relations Act (1935) prohibits requiring union-dues be paid by non-union workers. Even if the employee is covered by a union-negotiated collective with the employer.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, right to work will only cause lower wages. In the states that have enacted right to work legislation, wages are 3.1 percent lower than in neighboring states. When factoring for demographics, state economic indicators, and socioeconomic factors, this amounts to $1,558 less per year for full time employees.
Missouri’s labor force is best served by rejecting right to work and focusing on improving Education. The current legislature is focused on stripping away the rights and protections of Missouri’s workers. If elected to the State Legislature, Al Skalicky will devote every effort to protecting Missouri workers.