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    Right-to-work laws lead to higher wages and benefits


    Right-to-work laws are associated with lower wages and benefits

    Studies show that so-called “right-to-work” laws, which weaken unions’ ability to bargain on behalf of workers, are actually associated with lower wages and benefits.

    A 2012 McClatchy Newspapers article reported:

    Numerous studies have found that wages for both union and non-union workers are lower in states with right-to-work laws. Others have found that workplace safety suffers in right-to-work states, where workers are less likely to secure job safety enhancements beyond federal and state regulations.

    In fact, a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service found that workers in right-to-work states made an average of $7,000 less than those in other states. The CRS cited data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that in 2011, the average wage in a right-to-work state was $43,641, compared with $50,867 in "labor security" states.