Thursday, October 27, 2016

New study says "right-to-work" slashed wages

After Indiana enacted a Ku Klux Klan-backed "right-to-work" law in 2012, supporters promised job growth and better wages. That was a lie, and we knew it. Now another study confirms it.

The report by the Economic Policy Institute says that nationwide, the 30-year-long trend of union-busting has depressed wages of nonunion workers. It says wages are higher in states without a misnamed "right-to-work" law. It also says workers in these states have better benefits. And it says males without college degrees would have earned 8% more money in 2013 if Indiana hadn't passed "right-to-work."

Government policies have real effects. This time the effect is clearly negative.

Maybe we'll be lucky and "right-to-work" will backfire in the faces of the 1% like other parts of their failed economic program.


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