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Oppose “Right to Work” In NH

Below is a list of previous posts specifically on “Right To Work”.  They talk about the impact to businesses, the community, workers and explain the ins-and-outs of the somewhat confusing “Right to Work” law.

Proponents say the law is about jobs and having the right to work, but in reality it is about outside special interest groups forcing their will on the businesses in New Hampshire.  We do not need a D.C. lobbying group telling us here in New Hampshire what we need.

There are two that I would like to really highlight on this list:

  1. Wisconsin loses 10,000 jobs the year after forcing Right To Work through the legislature.
  2. From 2011: Business’ against Right To Work in New Hampshire

Do not be fooled by this so-called “Right To Work” law, it is an attack on working people and the middle class.

More information on “Right to Work” from the NH AFL-CIO available here.

The Facts On “Right To Work” from NH AFL-CIO Blog Post

Lower Wages

  • On average workers in states with “Right to Work” laws earn $6,109 (12.1%) a year less than workers in other states ($44,401 comparted with $50,511).
  • Twelve of the fourteen states with the worst pay gap between men and women are “Right to Work” states.
  • Of the ten states with the lowest minimum wages, eight are “Right to Work” states.

Less Investment in Education

  • States with “Right to Work” laws spend 32.5% less per pupil on elementary and secondary education than other states.

Unions Improve Living Standards. “Right to Work” Laws Don’t

  • Overall, union members earn 26.3% ($204) more per week than non-union workers. Hispanic union members earn 47.1% ($276) more each week than non-union Hispanic workers and African Americans workers earn 29.7% more each week if they are union members.
  • Some 79% of union workers participate in job-provided health insurance, compared with 49% of non-union workers.
  • 75% of union workers participate in guarenteed (defined-benefit) retirement plans, compared to just 15% of non-union workers.

Higher Workplace Fatality Rates

  • The rate of workplace deaths is 49% higher in states with “Right to Work” laws, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Full list of NH Labor News posts on Right to Work:

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