The nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute has a new report out today on the impact of “Right-to-Work” for less laws. According to the report, titled “Right-to-Work” States Still Have Lower Wages, the negative impact of RTW laws translates to $1,558 less a year in earnings for a typical full-time worker.
“It’s abundantly clear that right to work laws are negatively correlated with workers’ wages,” says economist Elise Gould, co-author of the report. “Our model uses widely-agreed upon variables, and holds up under a series of tests to ensure that the model is sound and not being skewed by the inclusion or exclusion or particular variables or estimate technique.”
“Policymakers who are concerned by the three-and-a-half decades of wage stagnation that have plagued American workers should be trying to strengthen unions,” said researcher Will Kimball. “Collective bargaining is a clear way to raise wages, and right to work laws undercut it.”
The Michigan State AFL-CIO Community Services School, co-sponsored by the Michigan Association of United Ways, will be held beginning on Monday, May 11 and conclude on Friday, May 15, 2014 at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center, located in Onaway, MI.
This year’s program will feature the following classroom instruction as part of the overall agenda:
- The United Way ALICE Project
- Financial Stability
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Engaging a New Generation of Union Members
- Basic & Advanced Community Services Committee Member Training
In addition there will be general Sessions focusing on
- Family in the Workplace
- Common Sense Economics
- Keynote Speaker Charles Kernaghan
The registration fee of $495 covers lodging, meals and all classroom materials. To receive the early registration fee please register by April 10, 2015. Registrations received after April 10 are subject to an additional $50 late registration fee.
Here is a copy of the registration form:
Michigan AFL-CIO Community Services School
Report from: Fran Brennan, Michigan AFL-CIO & Mike Smith, Monroe/Lenawee Central Labor Council