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New Report: Workers in RTW states earn $1,558 less

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.

Right to Work for Less“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.”

Photos from Michigan AFL-CIO Citizen Lobby Day

Stop the Fast Track to Lower Wages


LANSING – Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift issued the following statement today in response to the introduction of Trade Promotion Authority legislation in Congress:

“Michigan workers know a bad trade deal when they see one. For decades, we’ve seen how corporate-driven trade deals like NAFTA have devastated our communities through lost jobs and lower wages. Last year alone, Michigan’s trade deficit was $66.8 billion. Michigan simply can’t afford another bad trade deal that ships more American jobs overseas to countries like China and Mexico.

“Trade deals have wide-ranging economic impacts and shouldn’t be negotiated behind closed doors and then rubber-stamped. The current Trans-Pacific Partnership deal under discussion would cover 40 percent of the world’s GDP. A deal this big should be debated in a full and open manner like every other piece of legislation.

“Michigan can’t afford another bad trade deal. That’s why Congress must reject Fast Track and maintain its constitutional authority and leverage to improve trade deals, and protect American workers.”


Register now for Michigan AFL-CIO Community Services School

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


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