Yet anti-worker groups have continued to use this falty reasoning as an excuse to push state legislatures all over the country to pass these harmful anti-union laws. The idea that anti-union laws will draw more businesses to a state and therefore help bolster employment and state economies is nothing more than a red herring used to disguise these groups' real goal of killing unions, and killing worker.
Thankfully, our friends at American Rights at Work have complied an easy-to-read summary of all the recent research that disproves the value of so-called "right-to-work" laws once and for all. The research shows what many of us have known for a long time, but thanks to ARAW's great work, we now have all the evidence in one place, in plain English, and with the citations to back it up.
The major findings of the research are that passing anti-union laws in a state
- has no impact on economic growth;
- has no influence on employment;
- has no influence on business capital formation (the ratio of firm ‘births to the number of firms);
- can cause wages to go down - workers living in "RTW" states earn 6.5% less than comparable workers living in non-"RTW" states;
UFCW members around the country are fighting against these harmful laws, and this is a great resource that we can all point to from now on as we fight back against the myth that crushing unions will bolster the economy. To learn more about what you can do to fight for working families and good jobs, check out voteufcw.org.
Extra credit: a recent article by prominent economist Paul Krugman on the huge budget shortfall in Texas. Conventional wisdom long held that Texas's anti-union laws kept it's economy, and state government healthy. One more anti-working family myth debunked!