Rasmussen Reports released a national survey that only 35% of likely U.S. voters believe “right to work” laws are good for a state’s economy. That’s a 10% decrease from a similar study conducted in December 2012. “Right to Work” laws are being pushed by corporate special interests who want to lower wages so that corporations can have even more profits and power. UFCW members have been lobbying elected officials for years on the disastrous effects of these unfair and unnecessary laws. In February, a Kentucky House committee defeated “Right to Work” legislation. A great deal of work from UFCW members in Kentucky went into this victory. With “Right to Work” laws currently being proposed in numerous state legislatures, this victory in Kentucky should not go unnoticed. Workers need more money in their pockets, but people in “Right to Work” states earn $5,000 less per year than those in Non-Right to Work states. Workers want to send their children to successful schools, but Right to Work states spend 31.3 percent less per pupil on education. Workers deserve to feel safe at work, but Right to Work states have a workplace death rate that is over 54% higher. This win in Kentucky shows that workers who stick together, whether it’s inside their workplace or the State Capitol, can shape a better future for themselves and their families. There is still more work to be done as “Right to Work” battles are underway in Wisconsin, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, New Hampshire, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
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