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coloradodem2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:33 PM
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Which states are "Right to work" states?
Could someone give me a list.
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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:35 PM
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1. Here ya go
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coloradodem2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:40 PM
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4. Notice that most of these states are red states.
Figures.
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BamaLefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:41 PM
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6. Not A Single Blue State
All of them were red in 04.
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:46 PM
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9. Yet not all "red" states
are right to work states.

That is probably state politics. That is why the GOP is pushing all the social issues. They know they cannot run on economic issues becuase most people would vote them out when they look at their job situations.
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BamaLefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:00 PM
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14. Exactly!
What kind of message is "We want to destroy SSI. We want to send your job to China... etc."
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:35 PM
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2. We are -- Texas.
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 01:36 PM by crispini
:puke:

edit: nice map!
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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:40 PM
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5. Thank the freepers. :-)
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 01:41 PM by salvorhardin
The National Right To Work Foundation and the National Right To Work Legal Defense Fund are longtime right-wing organizations.
http://www.sourcewatch.org/wiki.phtml?title=National_Ri...
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:47 PM
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11. Actually,
we are a right to fire state
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Tigress DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:36 PM
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3. Nope - I'm thinking something else...
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 01:42 PM by Tigress DEM
We are one of the states (Minnesota) that supports "at will employment" where you can get canned for no reason at all and can leave the same way.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:44 PM
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8. most private compainies (red or blue)--are 'fire at will" companies.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:52 PM
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12. I always thought WI was a "right to work" state-meaning one does
not have to join a union. dah!!
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PowerToThePeople Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:42 PM
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7. Wow
Strikingly similar to this one...

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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:47 PM
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10. It really means, "right to fire" eom
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:53 PM
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13. Texas can fire you
at will-for any reason and you have no recourse. I was in the hospital with a pneumonia that I contracted at work, a very serious one, and I was delivered a registered letter IN THE HOSPITAL that terminated me for excessive absenteeism,lol.
Shrugs...didn't surprise me in the least and when I went to an attorney and was told there was nothing I could do, didn't surprise me either.


'Right to Work' States Are Really Restricted Rights States


'Right to Work': It's not a right to a jobit's a free ride

Right to work has nothing to do with a right to a job or employment. The deceptively named right to work laws ban workerswho by a majority vote decided to form a union in their workplaceand employers from negotiating union security clauses. By law, unions must represent all workersmembers and nonmembersin contract negotiations and other workplace issues.

Wages Are Lower in
'Right to Work' States

Source: State Rankings 1998: A Statistical View of the 50 United States, Morgan Quinto Press.



People of Color Earn
Less in 'Right to Work' States
Median annual earnings of African American and Latino Workers in "right to work" states versus other states, 1999

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000, Profile of Selected Economic States.



Women Earn Less in
'Right to Work' States
Median annual earnings of women in "right to work" states versus other states, 1999

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000, Profile of Selected Economic States.
A union security clause does not force workers to join a union but simply means they must pay a fair share for the economic benefits they receive because of union representationsuch as health insurance, pensions and wages that are on average better than those for nonunion workers.

A right to work law would allow nonmember workers to get all the benefits of union membership and pay nothing, while forcing unions and their members to foot the bill for those not willing to pay their share. The result is weaker unions with inadequate resources to represent members.

In the 28 non-right to workstates, federal law protects those workers who do not want to join the union. Workers in those states are required to pay only a fair share to cover the costs of their union representation, but not the cost of a union's political, legislative, social or charitable activities.

It's really a 'right to work for less'

It's no coincidence that some employer groups, Big Business and ultraconservative lawmakers back right to worklaws because such laws weaken unions and in turn depress wages. Studies show that workers in right to Work states earn significantly less, while workers in non-right to work states earn significantly more. A primary reason is that workers with a union contract earn higher payweakening unions lowers average pay. Workers of color and women workers who are union members make significantly higher wages.

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The average worker in a right to work state earns about $5,333 less a year than workers in other states. (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2001)
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Hispanic union members earn 45 percent ($180) more a week than nonunion Hispanic workers. (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 2002 )
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African Americans earn 30 percent ($140) more a week if they are union members. (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 2002)
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Union women earn 30 percent more ($149) a week than nonunion women. (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 2002)

It's not just about unions, but communities too

Right to work laws reach far beyond wages. Quality-of-life issues such as health care, education, worker safety and poverty suffer greatly in right to work states.

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In right to work states 21 percent more people are without health insurance compared with those in free-bargaining states. (source: State Rankings 2000, A Statistical View of the 50 United States, Morgan Quinto Press)
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Right to work states spend $1,699 less per elementary and secondary pupil than other states. (source: Education Vital Signs, 20002001 school year)
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The infant mortality rate in right to work states is 17 percent higher than in other states, and the poverty rate is 12.5 percent compared with 10.2 percent in other states. (source: State Rankings 2000, A Statistical View of the 50 United States, Morgan Quinto Press; U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, March 2002)
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The rate of workplace death is 51 percent higher in right to work states. (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2001; AFL-CIO, Death on the Job, April 2002)




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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:21 PM
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17. that's the entire point: cheap labor is the cornerstone of an exploitative
market, and if women and minorities are pushed down, all the better for the rulers
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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:09 PM
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15. We jokingly refer to AZ as a "right to work for nothing" state
but its not a very funny joke...more like a sad one......
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patricia92243 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:21 PM
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16. NC is a "Right to fire you with no reason given" state. Red State :(
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KareBear Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:46 PM
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18. How can this At Will law stuff be allowed?
I mean seriously, thats just insane. I grew up always hearing about workers rights and the ability to combat unjust termination, I got to the work force and realized that was someone's pipe dream unless you lived in California or something like it.
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