States having Right-to-Work laws.

States having Right-to-Work laws.

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.

Additional reading:

What do ‘right-to-work’ laws do to a state’s economy?

The 10 States and 10 Jobs With the Most Low-Wage Workers