Verizon workers on strike

Do you have the “right to work” this Labor Day?

Let’s recall how nothing comes easily, including the 40-hour work week, weekends, paid holidays, & company benefits. But there are many Americans who aren’t benefiting from the Labor Movement’s hard-won battles: we live in “right-to-work” states.

The relationship between RTW status and wages remains economically and statistically significant …

–Economic Policy Institute

 And which states have passed these laws against “compulsory” union membership? 

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas,Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Sure, you’re going to hear groups like Americans for Prosperity proclaiming that right-to-work brings, well, greater prosperity. Of course, most of us know that David and Charles Koch, who founded Americans for Prosperity, don’t give a crap about anyone’s prosperity but their own.

All the hard evidence points to the fact that without labor unions–and particularly in right-to-work states–workers fare worse. Read the full set of stats from the Economic Policy Institute, if you want some hard numbers.

And while you’re grilling out today, put this on the soundtrack:





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