Some evidence that right to work is an "under-appreciated fault line" in our economy, from Investor's Business Daily:
Now, correlation isn't causation. But, from the same article:
The U.S. unemployment rate is 9.1%. In right-to-work states the average is 7.9% -- 8.6% adjusted for population.Right to work opponents claim that right to work laws depress worker wages and benefits. But right to work states have greater in-migration, better work forces, and higher wage rate increases after adopting the law. And ending forced unionization actually can reduce costs of providing worker benefits.
Between 1977-08, employment grew 100% in right-to-work states vs. the national average of 71% and 56.5% in non-right-to-work states. That's according to a January study that Ohio University economics professor Richard Vedder did for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
In this period, real per capita income in the right-to-work states grew 62.3% vs. the national average of 54.7% and 52.8% for non-right-to-work states.
Vedder has studied right-to-work laws for decades and argues that this success is not a coincidence.
"I've been looking for ways to show that these laws don't really (impact) anything. But I haven't found it yet," Vedder said.
Union advocates label right to work as anti-worker and an attempt to "gut" unions. As a reminder, right to work laws don't ban unions--they just forbid compelling workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment. So much for lefties being "pro-choice". And another example of President Obama's willingness to sacrifice job growth to reward his campaign donors.