Burlison Flip-Flops on How RTW Impacts Wages

Time and time again, proponents of ALEC's so-called 'right to work' legislation admit it will lower wages. Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) has, Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar) has, even Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) has.

“If a company hires new employees under Right-to-Work, there are probably bringing someone in at an entry level, and those people aren’t going to be paid what the long-time union workers are making, so yes, the average wage might be going down, but there are now more people in the workforce, and an individual has the right to do whatever is in their self interest when it comes to work." -Missouri Times

So it's interesting that he now thinks people will have more money in right-to-work states...

#workerFreedom #FreedomToWork #ShowMe26 http://t.co/jzNgVkc68p pic.twitter.com/vHF5g2IVIL

— Rep. Eric Burlison (@EricBurlison) July 1, 2015

Not only does Burlison disagree with himself here, but a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute found:

  • Wages in RTW states are 3.1 percent lower than those in non-RTW states, after controlling for a full complement of individual demographic and socioeconomic factors as well as state macroeconomic indicators. This translates into RTW being associated with $1,558 lower annual wages for a typical full-time, full-year worker.
  • The relationship between RTW status and wages remains economically and statistically significant under alternative specifications of our econometric model.

Studies do not support the claim that lower wages lead to job creation, what Burlison seems to be suggesting will happen.

But you said #RightToWork lowers wages, as did your colleagues @RepBillLant & @edemery #MOLeg http://t.co/nxScoNDcQv https://t.co/IRjeniIXLI

— Alexandra (@aliemalie) July 1, 2015

ALEC's so-called 'right to work' is pushed by out-of-state CEOs and corporations, you don't have to look much further than the facts to see that.

But no worries! Burlison is "setting the record straight" for us...

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— Rep. Eric Burlison (@EricBurlison) July 2, 2015

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