Michigan governor Rick Snyder will decide tomorrow whether or not to sign a so-called “right to work” bill that was rushed through the GOP-controlled state legislature in the current lame-duck session. The Republican Party has a long history of anti-labor practices, and has been on a crusade to eradicate collective bargaining in the industrial Midwest since the ultra-conservative Tea Party takeover of 2010. Regardless of their public rhetoric, their real intentions can be determined simply by comparing a map of the U. S. states having right-to-work laws (above) with an electoral map of the 2012 presidential (below).
2012 presidential election electoral map
Right-to-work states generally have lower wages and benefits for workers, and 8 out of the 10 states with the highest incidence of poverty are right-to-work states. We know what’s going on here – a political power play to further suppress the middle class while enriching the upper class through corporatism. It’s called plutocracy.
What do ‘right-to-work’ laws do to a state’s economy?
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