Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thom Hartmann: You now have the right-to-work-FOR-LESS in Indiana

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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels took his state backwards on Wednesday - signing legislation to make Indiana the 23rd "right-to-work" state in the nation. It's the first state in ten years to go right-to-work and also the first state in the nation's manufacturing belt to adopt a right-to-work law, which starves labor unions of much-needed funding.
So what can workers in Indiana expect now? First off - lower wages. It's really right-to-work FOR LESS - as the average worker makes more than $5,000 less in wages a year in right-to-work-for-less states versus free-bargaining states. They can also expect less healthcare - as 21% fewer workers on average receive employee-sponsored healthcare in right-to-work-for-less states.
And finally - workers can expect more workplace injuries. Without unions to ensure safe working conditions - right-to-work-FOR-LESS states experience 51% more workplace injuries and deaths. So the only winners here are transnational CEOs who don't give a damn about their workers - and don't give a damn about democracy. That's what unions are - democracy in the workplace - and they are just as essential to creating a stable middle class as democracy in our government. So Republican Governor Mitch Daniels didn't just declare war on unions in Indiana - he also declared war on the middle class.
(Do you think will happen in more states? Tell us here.)

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