IT IS A LIE
It does not provide financial benefit to the worker. It hurts you both financially and physically.
· The average worker in a RTW state earns about $1,500 less per year than a person working in a non-RTW state.
· Unions raise worker pay by roughly 20 percent.
· The rate of employer-sponsored health insurance and pensions is lower in RTW states.
· Worker fatalities in the construction industry are 34 percent higher in RTW states.
Economic development is not enhanced by RTW legislation. In fact, the enactment of RTW laws almost certainly hinders growth and prosperity:
· Research finds no relationship between the presence of a RTW law and state unemployment rates, per capita income or job growth.
· When asked what influences their plant-location decision process, RTW is not an important criterion for manufacturers.
· Low-wage workers result in lower tax revenues, putting infrastructure needs and education and other publicly funded services at risk.
· Lower wages also mean less spending by consumers, which stunts economic expansion.
· States with the lowest percentage of workers in unions have relatively weak middle classes.
In addition to fewer, lower paying, less safe jobs and an erosion of infrastructure and decreased levels of public services, RTW robs our country of its democratic principles. Research shows that a weakened labor movement results in lower voter turnout and less participation by ordinary citizens in the political process. Maybe that is exactly what the RTW folks want; a means of keeping the political cronies of the richest in power so their interests will be forever served. Right to work is a carrot for a select few at the top of the economic food chain and a stick for everyone else.
DAVIS BACON – PREVAILING WAGE
Federal Davis-Bacon law sets a wage floor for federal and state construction projects that prevents government spending from undermining local wages and living standards.
Prevailing wage laws ensure that all contractors bidding on public construction projects will pay family-supporting and living wages and that these projects will be built to the highest standards by skilled, safe, well-trained construction craftspeople. The projects built under the Davis-Bacon Act have stood the test of time while enabling generations of craftspeople to build better, stronger lives for themselves and their families.
Employers who oppose prevailing wage do so because they want to cut workers’ paychecks and benefits and then pocket the pay-cuts as profits.
Far from saving taxpayers money, repealing the Davis-Bacon Act and state prevailing wage laws lowers the quality of projects, leading to costly delays, repairs, and even re-dos down the line, leaving taxpayers holding the bag. Lowering these wages also dries up local and state tax revenue, creating a race to the bottom that benefits no one.