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
"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