National Study Says So-called “Right to Work” (RTW) States Have Worse Economic, Health, Social, and Civic Outcomes

In an eight-year period of national economic expansion that followed the Great Recession of 2008, the 27 U.S. states that had enacted so-called “right-to-work” laws saw slower economic growth, lower wages, higher consumer debt, worse health outcomes, and lower levels of civic participation than states that had not, according to a new study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and the Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Local 49 Business Manager Jason George:

“This study is important. It documents with evidence what we have been saying for years. So called right to work laws are terrible public policies that have a negative impact on people’s lives across the board. I’m proud that Local 49 has led the way on keeping Minnesota the only non-right to work state in our region. We have educated republicans and democrats and a majority of both parties reject this failed anti-worker policy. Minnesota will never be a right to work state as long as we maintain our efforts.”

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