What 'Right to Work' Means for Indiana's Workers: A Pay Cut

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What 'Right to Work' Means for Indiana's Workers: A Pay Cut
Quote from article:
"Twenty-two states, predominantly in the old Confederacy, already have “right to work” laws—mostly dating from the McCarthy era. “Right to work” (RTW) does not guarantee anyone a job. Rather, it makes it illegal for unions to require that each employee who benefits from the terms of a contract pay his or her share of the costs of administering it. By making it harder for workers’ organizations to sustain themselves financially, RTW aims to undermine unions’ bargaining strength and eventually render them extinct."

And this:

"Like most business initiatives that purport to help the little people, this one starts with cutting workers’ wages. RTW is supposed to be a tool for luring manufacturers from one state to another. As the Chamber of Commerce explains, “unionization increases labor costs,” and therefore “makes a given location a less attractive place to invest new capital.” By giving up unions and lowering wages, workers increase their desirability in the eyes of manufacturers. This is the corporate lobby’s idea of economic policy: have people in every state compete for the lowest wages and crappiest benefits. Some location will inevitably win out, but in the end everyone’s wages will be lower and the number of jobs in the country will be exactly the same as before. If you wonder how income inequality got so extreme, look no further."
(FULL ARTICLE)
http://www.thenation.com/article/165728/right-work-less

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On the way to bankruptcy court, Lear Corp., a car-parts supplier, closed 28 factories, cut more than 20,000 jobs and wiped out shareholders.

Still, Lear sought $20.6 million in bonuses for key executives and other employees, including an eventual payout of more than $5.4 million for then-Chief Executive Robert Rossiter.

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Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Comparing the pay rates of executives to those of the workers is like comparing prime rib to hamburger! Someone who installs rear view mirrors for 25 years doesn't deserve the money/benefits that a person who has worked to better themself, who's gone to school to obtain an education or skill, wasn't satisfied with remaining at the same level receiving the same pay, who was willing to step up and accept additional responsibilities, and who has become such an important asset that the company pays them well because they can't just be replaced with some other schlub off the street. What the U.S. offers us is the freedom to be upwardly mobile. Instead of complaining about how much money someone makes (which has absolutely no impact on you), either work hard to elevate yourself or be happy chugging back a few beers at Lil Sheba's!

It's obvious you didn't read the article. Now go back an read the article before you shoot your mouth off! Remember this is the Wall Street Journal.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Of course, I'm responding to your Lear example. I do have to chuckle about your reference to the Obama "Justice" Department being concerned about harming investors. I think there are some GM bond holders who would argue that Obama didn't worry about them. Yet again, Obama had to "save" (with our tax dollars) his union cronies.

You failed to mention George Bush began the $80 Billion auto bailouts in 2008 that are being paid back. He also gave a huge $700 billion TARP bailout (some say it was $1.2Trillion) with the help of his Wall Street crony Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to the Banksters on Wall Street that isn't being paid back. So goes your utopian dreams of capitalism.

Lets talk about the real reason why the Chamber of Commerce wants to help factory workers in Indiana using right to work for less.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

[Bush] also gave a huge $700 billion TARP bailout

You mean the bank bailout that Obama voted YEA on? That one?

What I find amusing is parrots like dogboy who, on the one hand, praise their messiah obama for "saving the auto industry", while they point out that it was Bush who began the bailout. Make up your mind, was it a good thing or not?

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

With Indiana's right to work law in place, individuals who would previously be forced to have union dues deducted from their paycheck now have an option. If they choose NOT to join a union, they immediately see an increase in their pay equal to the amount of the dues.

Voila - pay INCREASE!

(having thus injected logic into the conversation, I'm going to run away - LOL)

Come on Maggie who is that man behind the curtain? Crony Capitalism robbing middle class Americans of a decent standard of living. Your transparent scheme to unhinge the labor movement is being promoted by the business lobby who are spending millions thinking of ways to screw their employees out of their last nickel in the name of race-to-the-bottom globalism. Au contraire its just plain GREED because there are no adults in Washington protecting the interests of the average voter. It all run for the lobbyists dollars who will not stop till the whole country is bankrupt from a poverty society with no disposable income. If business was so wonderful why are we dealing with Apples subcontractor FoxCon that are literally killing their workers from overwork. Yes the wonderful and all powerful late Steve Jobs wanted us to compete with slave labor!
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Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Then they spout off like they actually know something and actually think people respect them and care what they have to say.

Do you really think anyone cares what Wolfboy copies and pastes from Comecy Central?

Is that were all of these so-called "intelligent" libtards get their news?

Hell, no wonder Barry Sotero Odumbo the empty suit, golfer-in-chief bastard child got elected.

Maybe these ignorant sheeple should stick to reading the box of their Cap'n Cruhch with Crunch Berries. Or is that too difficult to understand?

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

Crony Capitalism robbing middle class Americans of a decent standard of living.

No, they are robbing you of the ability to run up absurd levels of debt. If you live frugally and sensibly, you can have a great lifestyle.

In Boone County, W.Va., a nearly 100 percent unionized area, a coal company opened a mine that was union-free. To offset the attempts to "organize" by the United Mine Workers, the company paid higher wages and provided better benefits to its employees than their contemporaries had at union-controlled mines. In a perverse way, the UMW lifted the wages and lifestyles of union-free miners. The union set the scale.

Patience is a great virtue.

The BOLDFACED, OUTRIGHT LIE that vomits out of the mouths of Union lackeys like Wolfboy is proven to be Commie bastard propaganda that is mindlessly laped up by the unthinking. A study by a member of the American Federation Of Teachers says wages are HIGHER in Right To Work States.

Watch the C-Span interview here > http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/LaborUni/start/2340/stop/2422
"There was a gentleman, Dr. Howard Nelson, who was a researcher for the American Federation of Teachers, which is an AFL-CIO affiliate, he puts together on a regular basis, a cost of living index, interstate cost of living index, and believe it or not, the AFT released a study that proved that Right To Work States had higher real earnings on a weekly basis than non right to work states."

or read the transcript of the Congressional HEARING before the SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, LABOR AND PENSIONS COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR
U.S. House of Representatives
ONE HUNDRED TENTH CONGRESS
FIRST SESSION

[From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access]
http://ftp.resource.org/gpo.gov/hearings/110h/32906.txt

"When interstate differences in cost of living are factored in, the
mean weekly earnings in 2001 of employees in the 10 states with the
lowest share of private-sector workers under union monopoly bargaining
were $683. That's nearly $30 a week, or roughly $1500 a year, more than
the mean of $654 earned by employees in the 10 states with the highest
share of unionized employees. (The mean earnings data come from the
Bureau of National Affairs in Washington, D.C., as adjusted by the
``Interstate Cost-of-Living Index'' created for the American Federation
of Teachers union by Dr. F. Howard Nelson.)"

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

Stolen from http://blog.bestandworststates.com/2010/02/06/state-unionism-rankings-an...
More proof that the idiots like Wolfboy should turn off Comedy Central and get their news from other places.

A look at union participation and unemployment shows states with high union
participation rates are closely associated with higher unemployment.



The five Worst States for Employment in 2009 were Michigan,
Rhode Island, Nevada, California and South Carolina.  All but South
Carolina are highly unionized states.  The Worst States for
Employment
in 2009 generally were highly unionized states.



The Best States for Employment in 2009 were North
Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas. All but Iowa have
union participation rates below the U.S. average and would be classified as states
with low unionization.  If you are looking for a job, look at states with
low unionization.  They tend to have less unemployment. See  Best
and Worst States for Jobs: Will Jobs Improve in 2010
for the rankings of all
states by employment.  The list of Best States for Employment and
Union Participation
follows:

Best States for Employment and Union Participation



Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

Of course it means working for less. That's the labor market today. Wages must fall to reflect that the employers have the upper hand. Duh!

Working for less certainly beats long-term unemployment.

Unions are scum. They are on the way out, and they can't be killed off fast enough. If there's anyone who unemploys people the fastest, it's a union.

I forgot to mention how the UMW boys spread hundreds of Russian nails on the roads leading to a union-free coal mine entrance, and how they sat by the roadside in their pickups showing the barrels of their guns, and how the W.Va. State Police, totally fearful of the union, chose to stay away. Whatever you think about worker unions, the auto workers have never come close to matching the intimidation factor of the unionized mine workers.

Patience is a great virtue.

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