To The Daily Sun,
Right-to-Work (RTW) benefits workers and states, and is consistent with our nation's primary purpose of ensuring American citizens' liberties.
RTW opponents want workers forced to pay for unwanted union services, which are sometimes contrary to the worker's best interests. RTW opponents essentially make three bogus claims: that RTW provides "the right to work for less," "the right to freeload," and "union busting."
It's true that wages in some non-RTW states may be higher than in some RTW states, but what's important is purchasing power which is typically equal or higher in RTW than in forced union states; e.g., a Manchester resident earning $50,000 needs to earn more than $60,000 to have the same purchasing power in Boston. According to a George Mason University (Nobel Prize winning) economics department study, family purchasing power averages $2,800 more in RTW states than in non-RTW states.
The phrase "right to freeload" is catchy, but you aren't a freeloader when you don't pay for services you don't want and are against your best interests. Union membership has been declining. Now about 90 percent of American workers don't join unions even though they know they can.
RTW isn't union busting. The fact is that union membership in forced-union states is declining (about 9 percent between 2005-15) while union membership, and more significantly jobs, have been growing in RTW states.
Many workers see that unions often work against their interests. Union actions, unwise contracts, and the taxes and regulations put in place by union supported politicians have helped destroy tens of millions of good American jobs.
Union supported politicians, like Hillary Clinton who received about $2 billion from unions, legislate and govern against the interests of most workers. They encourage and protect illegal immigrants, drive up taxes, force workers' children into failing and sometimes dangerous schools, make us less safe by pampering criminals, prematurely condemning police, tolerating violent rioters, preventing proper investigation and handling of terrorist threats, and by trying to take away the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans.
Right-to-Work is not a threat to unions that pursue workers' best interests. But forced unionization allows union bosses to pursue their own interests rather than those of workers.
Tell your state representatives to support RTW to benefit our state and current and future New Hampshire workers.
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