How Does"Right To Work" Affect Me?
Proponents of so called "right to work" laws say that they will give the worker the "freedom" to "choose" not to pay union fees, even while receiving all the protections and benefits of union negotiations. They also say that it will bring more industry into a region (at low or minimal wage levels), to benefit the community (especially if they receive tax benefits). Here is what they don't say, how "right to work" will really affect the workers.
1) the workers will have to accept lower wages than union wage earners
2) workers with grievances will have to pay for their own legal defense against the employer's highly paid attorneys
3) workers will have to accept the off scheduled work hours designed to accommodate the employer's design to increase the profit margin
4) workers will find that work hours will also decrease so that the employer will reduce some employee benefits required by law and labor standards
5) workers will find that the employer may make certain exceptions to workplace safety regulations
6) employees will have little recourse when the employer requires them to work for uncompensated overtime hours
7) workers will be defenseless when the employer resorts to practices known as wage fraud
8) employers may change employee classifications with titles of managers or administrators for the purpose of eliminating their overtime compensation
9) employers will make work conditions intolerable for employees that the wish to dismiss in the hope that they will voluntarily quit their job and not receive unemployment compensation
10) employers will require employees to buy their own company uniforms
11) any attempt by employees to organize for collective bargaining will be repressed
Given these realities, it is evident that what "right to work" really means is that it gives the employer the right to work the employee anyway s/he chooses. The employee for their part has the "freedom" to "choose" whether or not they are will to submit to the employer's terms for employment, or face being fired. "Right to work" gives all the rights to the employer and none to the employee. Is it any wonder then that the proponents of "right to work" laws are always conservative politicians, the Chamber of Commerce, or investors wanting to make more by paying less?