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Deceptive "Right-to-Work" Laws Hurt Everyone

By many measures, quality of life is worse in states with right to work laws. Wages are lower, poverty levels are higher as are workplace fatality rates.

States with "Right-to-Work" Laws Have Lower Wages and Incomes

  • On average, workers in states with right to work laws make $6,109 a year (12.1%) less annually than workers in other states ($44,401, compared with $50,511).1
  • Median household income in states with these laws is $8,174 (13.9%) less than in other states ($50,712 vs. $58,886).2
  • 29.6 percent of jobs in right to work states were in low-wage occupations, compared with 22.8% of jobs in other states.3

READ MORE >>  “Right-to-Work” States Still Have Lower Wages, EPI, April 2015

States with "Right-to-Work" Laws Have Higher Workplace Fatality Rates

  • "Right-to-Work" makes workplaces more dangerous.  According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace deaths is 54% higher in right-to-work states.4

READ MORE >>  Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, AFL-CIO, April 2016

States Should Decide if They Want "Right-to-Work"

  • Every state has the right to workplace rules that work for their local economy.  We don't need Washington politicians interfering to pick winners and losers.

READ MORE >>  A tale of two states (and what it tells us about so-called “right-to-work” laws), EPI, January 2017

READ MORE >>  So-called “right-to-work” laws will lower wages for union and nonunion workers in Missouri, EPI, January 2017


1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (all industries, all establishments, average annual pay), 2014 data. Numbers are rounded ($50,510.58 and $44,401.17).
2 U.S. Census Bureau, Table H-8. Median Household Income by State: 1984 to 2014.
3 CFED, Asset and Opportunity Scorecard, Low Wage Jobs, 2013.
4 Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2014.

 

 

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