GOP Rep: "We would undoubtedly see a drop in wages" with 'right to work'

In his weekly Capitol Report, State Representative John McCaherty, a Fenton Republican, explained his opposition to so-called 'right to work' today thusly:

"I understand both sides of the issue, however I feel RTW [right to work] would negatively impact our area and the working families I have been elected to represent. Therefore, I voted against the legislation; while many in the state believe they would see increases in job growth, here in the St. Louis area we undoubtedly would see a drop in wages."

He's right.

Rep. McCaherty was part of the strong bipartisan opposition that voted against so-called 'right to work' earlier this week. As ALEC Co-Chair and State Senator Ed Emery pointed out earlier this year, right-to-work states indeed have lower average wages. Right-to-work states also have fewer benefits and higher rates of workplace injury and death.

The so-called 'right to work' bill mirrors model legislation written by corporations and disseminated by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive organization dedicated to furthering its member corporations' interests. Leading up to Wednesday's vote on so-called 'right to work,' out-of-state interests, including Grover Norquist, pressured Missouri representatives to ram the bill through the legislature. Despite the outside pressure, the bill failed to receive enough votes to advance to the Senate.

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