AFP-MO Applauds House Passage of Right to Work Bill

Americans for Prosperity-Missouri (AFP-MO), the state’s leading grassroots organization advocating for Missourians’ right to work, today applauded Chairman Holly Rehder and the ninety-nine other state representatives who voted to pass the House’s right-to-work legislation.

AFP-MO state director, Jeremy Cady, states:

“Right-to-work is about providing workers a basic freedom, and about creating the most competitive economic environment we possibly can for our state to prosper.

“Through their swift action on right-to-work, Chairman Rehder and her colleagues have opened the door for our state to enjoy lower unemployment, greater job growth, population growth, and income growth.

“Our work doesn’t end here. Right-to-work is only one piece of a labor reform agenda and we look forward to continued economic growth and worker freedom through enacting pro-worker reforms such as paycheck protection and prevailing wage in the near future.” 

To read Jeremy’s testimony on the House’s Right to Work legislation, click HERE.

BACKGROUND

  • Between 2001 and 2011, right to work states added 1.7 million jobs, while forced union states lost over 2 million during the same time.
  • From 1990 to 2011, right to work states experienced over 42 percent gain in total employment, compared to 19 percent for forced union states.
  • Over the past decade – excluding the four states which just recently granted worker freedom – right to work states’ private sector employee compensation increased by 16 percent, nearly double the 8.7 percent average for forced union states over that time.
  • When adjusted for cost of living, workers in right to work states have 4.1 percent higher incomes, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan.
  • From 1990 to 2014, eight of the top ten states for job growth were right to work states. Nine of the bottom states for job growth were forced union states.

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