What is Right-to-Work?

How much do you know about the so called "Right to Work?" First, everyone has the "right to work", so something smells fishy already. The right to work slogan originates from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Dent vs. West Virginia in the 1940's stating that Americans had a fundamental right to pursue an occupation of their choice. The Supreme Court forbid state legislatures from depriving or regulating people's particular occupation. Later, a newspaper editor from Texas named William B. Ruggles who was anti-union reinterpreted the term to mean the right to work in a unionized business without paying dues in an editorial. A person named Vance Muse (please research this individual) read the article and loved the term. Vance Muse traveled the south speaking about anti-union "Right-to Work." Vance Muse was actually a paid lobbyist for southern industrialists promoting the "Southern Strategy." Mr. Muse was also a well documented white supremacist and racist. This was at a time when Jim Crow Laws were sweeping the southern U.S., and right-to work laws did also.

Large corporations and billionaires (Koch brothers) have adopted this strategy to increase their wealth by taking from those who do the work. They have formed organizations such as American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Right-to-Work Legal Defense Fund, to push their agenda and get like minded politicians in office to make laws that cripple unions. The sole purpose of right-to-work is to take away the right of workers and destroy unions, and statistics back this up.

Workers in right-to-work states make 12.2% less in wages. They have 21% less insurance to no insurance coverage. Work site fatalities are 49% higher. The poverty rate in right-to-work states is 15% higher, and children are less likely to attend college. The infant mortality rate is 15% higher. Right-to-work is no bargain for any working man or woman. Yet, there are now 27 right-to-work states in the U.S., and the one percent and corporations won't be happy until it's a national law.

In 2018 they were able to get a favorable supreme court decision on the Janus vs. AFSME case, thanks to recent Supreme Court appointments by Republican Presidents. The next slogan you need to familiarize yourself with is "Pension Reform." That's right, the next target is your pension.

Knowledge is power, so be informed about what affects your ability to make a living. Then become active and work to combat that which works to harm you. Right-to-work is wrong! So don't be afraid to talk about it, educate others.