Wages are 3.1% lower in so-called “right to work” (RTW) states, for union and nonunion workers alike (after correctly accounting for differences in cost of living, demographics, and labor market characteristic) The negative impact of RTW laws translates to $1558 less a year in earnings for a typical full-time worker. Additionally, workers in RTW states are less likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance and pension coverage.
The EEOC receives 36% more discrimination charges from right to work states
…the data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the worker-friendly states have a higher standard of living. Fully 11 of the 13 states with the lowest uninsured rates are worker-friendly states, while 11 of the 15 states with the highest uninsured rates are RTW states. The median uninsured rate for worker-friendly states is 12.6 percent, while for RTW it is 15.7 percent. Furthermore, we find that 18.6 percent of people in RTW states are uninsured, while only 13.9 percent of people in worker-friendly states are uninsured. The sharp increase in overall percentages of uninsured compared to the median percentages for each group is largely due to the fact that some highly-populated states (California and Texas) also have high rates of uninsured people (18.9 percent and 25.5 percent, respectively). Again, to put this in perspective, if the rates of non-insured citizens in RTW states were spread across the country, then an additional 8,640,480 Americans would be uninsured and suffer a lack of access to affordable health care.
These maps below show all the best states for workers and with the highest minimum wage are the SAME states that don’t have Right to Work.
Interactive Map: Best States for Worker Rights and Highest Minimum Wage
By Melissa Shin and Rebecca Koenig, Aug. 28, 2018
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