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drkmad2006
Mar 8, 2017

So-Called "Right to Work"

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House Republicans recently introduced HR 785, called the National Right to Work act. Job opportunity was supposed to be a core issue that gave Trump the election. He was "business savvy" and would bring good jobs back to this country. But this bill reveals the promise as a lie. Trump and his cohorts in Congress want to enrich their fellow billionaires, while reducing "unnecessary" business expenses, like the cost of paying decent wages.

A recent article on the Teamsters web page ("Teamsters Stand Up Against

Damaging Bill, Continue Fight Against Right to Work") notes that, "Nine of the 10 states with the highest poverty rates are right-to-work states. Workers in states with right-to-work laws make about $1,500 less per year than workers in free bargaining states." And, in addition, "Workers in right-to-work states are less likely to have employer-paid health care and pensions, and more likely to die in accidents on the job." But if billionaires don't keep their labor costs down, how will they afford their yachts and multiple million-dollar mansions? This country needs our unions. They are a big reason we developed a prosperous middle-class in the first place, and we should fight for them. But, of course, there are so many fronts we have to fight on these days! How can we fight on them all? We will do it because we have to. The future of this country depends on it.

 

Any thoughts on this from the rest of you?