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In other states where “Right to Work” has been enacted, wages go down and workplace injuries go up. Even proponents of the legislation admit this.
“I’ve never heard someone say they want fewer wages, less benefits, less health care and retirement," said Rep. Doug Beck (92-St. Louis) yesterday during debate on the House floor.
According to the Economic Policy Institute:
Wages are 3.1 percent lower in so-called “right to work” (RTW) states, for union and nonunion workers alike—after correctly accounting for differences in cost of living, demographics, and labor market characteristics. The negative impact of RTW laws translates to $1,558 less a year in earnings for a typical full-time worker.
Extremist bills that serve out-of-state, corporate interests are sadly not new in Jefferson City -- they come back time and time again. For now, this "Right to Work" bill will head to the Missouri Senate. And we will continue to fight the types of legislation, like “Right to Work” that hurt working Missourians.