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Message From Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa

Right to Work: Not About Rights and Not About Work

Dear Teamster Union Member and Family,

Last November’s elections brought many anti-union governors and lawmakers into statehouses throughout the country. These elections were financed by a wave of corporate cash never before seen in this country.

Newly elected politicians are paying back their corporate contributors by attacking the voices of working people. Right to work (for LESS) laws are being proposed in a number of states, including Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Maine, Minnesota and more.

That’s bad for our paychecks, our union and our state. We need to protect our future by creating good jobs with good benefits. We don’t need more laws that stifle workers’ voices, lower wages and weaken safety in the workplace. Study after study shows:

  • Right to work (for LESS) laws have NO impact on job creation;
  • The average worker in states with right to work (for LESS) laws makes $5,538 a year less than workers in other states;
  • The rate of workplace deaths is 52.9 percent higher in states with these right to work (for LESS) laws.

It’s critical that you call or write your representatives and urge them to vote against “right to work” proposals. Tell them to focus on what your state really needs: jobs.

Working families deserve better. Don’t let corporate interests take away the best job security that exists: the union contract.

"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.’ Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining. We demand this fraud be stopped."
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Right to Work Quote's

Posted On: Jan 06, 2011
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"I can hire one-half the working class to kill the other half."

Jay Gould (1836-1892), financier, railroad businessman, on not worrying about an impending strike at Southwestern rail system, 1886

"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as 'right to work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.' Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining. We demand this fraud be stopped." 

Martin Luther King Jr.

"Right-to-Work laws are a virtual conspiracy of the crafty, the ignorant, or the misguided to subvert industrial peace, exploit men's need to work and deluge the community with industrial irresponsibility. 'Right-to-Work' laws do not create jobs; they only victimize the worker and make his organization ineffective."

Reverend Dr. Walter George Muelder, educator, economist, ethicist, dean of Boston University School of Theology

"You will find people saying that they are for the so-called right to work law, but they also believe in unions. This is absurd. It's like saying you are for motherhood but against children. 

President Truman , 1947

St. Louis Business Journal Poll Readers are Thumbs Down to Right To Work
Jan 06, 2011
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An online poll by the St. Louis Journal shows that even it's business and professional readers do not favor a so-called right-to-work (for less)  law in Missouri.

As the Labor Tribune went to press, with a 3,347 votes, cast, 76 percent were against and only 24 percent "for" adopting the anti-worker law in Missouri. The first bill introduced last week by the Republicans in the state legislature was a so-called right to work bill.

The law's impact would be on all Missouri workers. In states with so-called right-to work laws, wages and benefits are lower than in states without these laws. RTW does only one thing well: it facilities lower wages and benefits for workers and higher profits for employers.

Business Pulse Survey

Should Missouri pass a "right-to-work" law?

Should Missouri pass a "right-to-work" law?

Yes 26%

No 74%

Votes Cast: 3581


 

The Ugly Side of Right To Work !
Dec 07, 2010
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Once again Right to Work is raising it's ugly head or should we say right to work for less. This bill was defeated soundly in 1978 in Missouri and we look forward to doing it again should it come to a vote.

To set the record (and the name) straight, right to work for less doesn’t guarantee any rights. In fact, by weakening unions and collective bargaining, it destroys the best job security protection that exists: the union contract. Meanwhile, it allows workers to pay nothing and get all the benefits of union membership. Right to work laws say unions must represent all eligible employees, whether they pay dues or not. This forces unions to use their time and members’ dues money to provide union benefits to free riders who are not willing to pay their fair share.

Right to work laws lower wages for everyone. The average worker in a right to work state makes about $5,333 a year less than workers in other states ($35,500 compared with $30,167).[1] Weekly wages are $72 greater in free-bargaining states than in right to work states ($621 versus $549).[2] Working families in states without right to work laws have higher wages and benefit from healthier tax bases that improve their quality of life.

Federal law already protects workers who don’t want to join a union to get or keep their jobs. Supporters claim right to work laws protect employees from being forced to join unions. Don’t be fooled—federal law already does this, as well as protecting nonmembers from paying for union activities that violate their religious or political beliefs. This individual freedom argument is a sham.

Right to work endangers safety and health standards that protect workers on the job by weakening unions that help to ensure worker safety by fighting for tougher safety rules. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace deaths is 51 percent higher in states with right to work, where unions can’t speak up on behalf of workers.





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