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Local320@teamsterslocal320.orgPublished ByTeamsters Local 3203001 University Ave. SE#500Minneapolis, MN 55414
‘Right to Work FOR LESS’ Battle Heats UpOur Minnesota Winter
By Sue Mauren
As you can see, much of thisissue is devoted to the battleover right to work – or aswe call it, right to work FORLESS. The anti-worker crowdis determined to put thequestion on the 2012 electionballot as a Constitutional amendment, somethingthey can accomplish with simple majority votes inthe House and Senate.In a nutshell, a ‘rightto work’ amendmentwould give employees ata union worksite all the
benets and protections
of a union contract,without requiring themto join the union. In otherwords, right to work isplain old union busting.Why? Because as moreand more ‘free riders’quit their union, or refuseto join, the union losesmembers, loses power, and in many cases simplygoes away.Workers in the 22 primarily southern and westernstates with right to work laws have a consistentlylower quality of life than in other states—lowerwages, higher poverty and infant mortality rates,less access to the health care they need andpoorer education for their children. The AFL-CIOsummarizes it this way:
The average worker in a right to work state makesabout $5,333 a year less than workers in otherstates ($35,500 compared with $30,167). Weeklywages are $72 greater in free-bargaining statesthan in right to work states ($621 versus $549).
fewe People with Health cae
21 percent more people lack health insurancein right to work states compared to free-bargaining states.
Highe Povety and Inant Motality rates
Right to work states have a poverty rate of 12.5percent, compared with 10.2 percent in otherstates. Moreover, the infant mortality rate is 16percent higher in right to work states.
Lower Workers’ Compensation Benets for
Workers Injured on the Job
Maximum weekly worker compensation benets
are $30 higher in free states - $609 versus $579in right to work states.
Moe Wokplae Deathsand Injuies
According to the federalBureau of Labor Statistics,the rate of workplace deathsis 51 percent higher instates with right to work,where unions can’t speakup on behalf of workers.
In the ght to kill ‘right to
work for less,’ it’s importantfor you to do two things:First, visit our website atwww.teamsterslocal320.org often, and sign up foraction alerts.And second, call, email or write to your legislatorsand urge them to oppose ‘right to work for less’ in
Minnesota. You can nd all the information you
need to do that at http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/ (Minnesota House) and http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/ (Minnesota Senate).Together we’ll either keep this anti-unionamendment off the fall election ballot, or we’lldefeat it in November. Stay tuned.Page 2
Togethe we'll eithekeep this anti-unionamendment o the alleletion ballot, o we'lldeeat it in Novembe.Stay tuned.
In a nutshell, a ‘ight towok’ amendment wouldgive employees at a unionwoksite all the benetsand potetions o a unionontat, without equiingthem to join the union.