Aug 10, 2007
People who truly care about workers and their rights, progressives and friends of labor are fighting back against the Republicans all-out war against unions and working people with their so-called “right to work” campaign.
After recent news that a rightwing, anti-union operative has set up a Facebook group to launch a preemptive petition drive to put the question on the ballot if current legislation in the state House and Senate fails, progressives and liberals have set up a counter Facebook group called “Michigan Union Supporters.”
This is a small step toward trying to stop the trend that has seen the gap between the rich and the working class widen like it never has before, the decline of the middle class and the workplace again becoming a dangerous place again, but it’s a start toward that goal.
Unions have raised the standard of living for all workers, both non-union and union, and it has improved work and safety conditions for all workers so that the workplace is no longer a death trap. We can expect to see massive amounts of disinformation as the war on workers movers forward, and this group will be just one resource in countering that common tactic of the right.
This effort from the Republicans is an assault on worker wages, and a more descriptive name for this law should be the right to work for less law or the right to work and risk your life and health law. This is also an assault on wages and just one part of the appalling race to the bottom that we cannot win, and the average worker in a so-called “right to work” state makes about $5,333 a year less than workers in other states. It will be an assault on sane rules and regulations that protect the life and limbs of workers but cut into the stakeholder profits, and according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace deaths is 51 percent higher in states with so-called “right to work” laws.
Join the fight today.