Last Monday, President Obama said that right-to-work laws mean “the right to work for less money.”
This is the exact opposite of the truth:
- RTWS Right-To-Work States vs. FUS Forced-Unionization States
- PAY: RTWS increased by 12% vs. FUS increased by 3% (2001 thru 2011)
- EMPLOYMENT: RTWS expanded 2.4% vs. FUS declined 3.4% (2001 thru 2011)
- JOB GROWTH: RTWS responsible for 72% of all growth across the U.S. (June 2009 through September 2012)
- POPULATION: RTWS increased by 15.3% vs. FUS increased by 5.9% (2000 to 2010)
- (Non-government) UNION MEMBERSHIP: RTWS declined by 9.2% vs. FUS declined by 9.5% (2000 to 2010)
Freeloading is a lie:
RTW allows workers the right to work in a unionized shop without paying union dues. However, this hardly constitutes “freeloading” since bargaining for contracts occupies a tiny percentage of what unions spend their dues money for. For example, Michigan Education Association spent only 11% of its budget on contract negotiating. The rest went for things a lot of union workers resent, like the bloated salaries union managers pay themselves and the Democrat-biased political activities that violate the political preferences of a huge number of those who are forced to contribute. (Todd Palin’s union dues were spent on slandering his wife’s Vice Presidential campaign!)
Obama’s Big Michigan Right-To-Work Lie: Lower Wages – Dec 11, 2012
H/t Bob for subject line.
Chrissy, are any of these surprised faces yours? I found them in the back room.
Oh, and here’s another one that Grunt loaned me a while back when I’d misplaced my own: