This Tuesday members of the Missouri House Economic Development Committee will hold a public hearing on Right to Work legislation. AFP-Missouri state director, Jeremy Cady, will testify before the committee in strong support of the proposed legislation.
Simply put, this issue could not be any clearer. Right to work guarantees a basic freedom – the freedom to work without mandatory union membership. Just as the First Amendment guarantees the freedom of assembly, so too does it guarantee the freedom to abstain from assembly. It is a travesty that workers in Missouri are not currently granted this liberty and can be fired from a job they love – in a place their skills are wanted – for refusing to pay a union.
In addition, the data has made the economic impacts obvious. Right to work states experience lower unemployment, greater job growth, population growth, and income growth.
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.
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.
It’s time to make Missouri the nation’s 28th Right to Work State!