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What Right to Work for Less Really Provides Workers


Working America, a national coalition of working families with more than three million members, put together a handy graphic on what working in a Right to Work (RTW) state really means.

  • Lower wages: An average worker in RTW states makes about $1,540 a year less than those in free bargaining states.
  • Fewer benefits: Workers in RTW states are 28% more likely to lack health insurance, compared to workers in free bargaining states.
  • Higher poverty: RTW states have a poverty rate of 15.3%, compared to 13.1% in free bargaining states.
  • More fatalities: The rate of workplace deaths is 36% higher in RTW states, where unions can’t speak up on behalf of workers.

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