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West Virginia Newspaper Decries “Right to Work”


As West Virginia’s Republican legislature announced its plan to introduce “right to work” for less legislation, the state’s leading newspaper denounced it. In a Charleston Gazette-Mail editorial the paper said, in part: “It might be good marketing by out-of-state political interests, but it’s not good policy. What is the problem that ‘right to work’ is supposed to cure? It appears to be having any union workers in the state at all. It sounds like a cure that is worse than the disease, a prescription to drive down wages everywhere and make it less likely that injured workers will report problems before they become fatalities. Who needs more of that?” Workplace deaths are 54% higher in “right to work” states, while employee earnings are $6,000 a year lower, and seven of the 10 states with the highest unemployment rates are “right to work.”

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