Right to Work Will Improve Economic Conditions for Missourians Statewide

By Washington, Stacy | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), January 13, 2017 | Go to article overview

Right to Work Will Improve Economic Conditions for Missourians Statewide


Washington, Stacy, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


One of the first campaign promises that Gov. Eric Greitens will seek to fulfill is the passage of right-to-work legislation. Union members are frightened by the prospect.

During his tenure, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon consistently opposed such legislation, partnering with Republican legislators from heavily unionized districts to prevent a veto override. Greitens, the newly inaugurated Republican governor, supports right to work. "I support it because it would stop companies and union bosses from taking a cut of your paycheck to support their political organization, it's just common sense. That money is your money and you should decide how you want to spend it."

States that have passed right-to-work legislation have experienced a rapid growth in jobs and opportunities, while forced unionization states have experienced losses. Michigan and Indiana made national news when they underwent the arduous process of passing worker freedom legislation.

In "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States," by Art Laffer, Stephen Moore, Rex Sinquefield and Travis Brown, they write: "The right-to-work states enjoyed a jobs growth rate more than three times that of the forced-union states." Job growth was up 6.8 percent in right-to-work states and 1.9 percent in states without right to work, they wrote. With Missouri ranking 42nd in job growth, 48th in economic growth and 41st in income growth, the only way to go is up for economic indicators under a pro-growth right-to-work business environment.

Since 2011, St. Louis has lost the headquarters of 26 companies for varying reasons, ranging from relocations, buyouts, bankruptcies, mergers and takeovers, with a devastating impact on population and jobs. In order to attract corporations, Missouri must improve economic conditions that employers look at when considering a corporate relocation.

A study by Stan Greer of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research finds that "living expenses for employees in non-right-to-work states are overall 4.4 percent higher than the national average. Living costs in right-to-work states are 7.1 percent more affordable than the national average." Additionally, right to work increases real earnings. …

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