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Right to Work Is Wrong for Your Family—Whether You Are Union or Not. Here’s Why

Right to Work Is Wrong for Your Family—Whether You Are Union or Not. Here’s Why

I spent 36 years working at the Bridgestone Tire plant in Oklahoma City. The work was hard but rewarding. It afforded me the opportunity to provide for my family, always ensure there was enough food at the table and that my kids were afforded every modest opportunity to grow up in a household that was stable, secure and free from worry. That all changed suddenly in 2006, five years after Oklahoma passed a "right to work" law that was billed by politicians as a job creator. For the 1,400 men and women who worked at the plant, right to work didn’t work as advertised. Not only did the plant close, but the effects of the closing and the chilling effect that right to work has on a state’s economy were felt by everyone.

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Trumka: ‘Right to Work’ Deceives Working People

Trumka: ‘Right to Work’ Deceives Working People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the national “right to work” bill:

Right to work is a lie dressed up in a feel-good slogan. It doesn’t give workers freedom—instead, it weakens our right to join together and bargain for better wages and working conditions. Its end goal is to destroy unions. Numbers don’t lie. Workers in states with right to work laws have wages that are 12% lower. That’s because unions raise wages for all workers, not just our members.

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What the Kentucky GOP Never Learned in School

A trip to the Price is Right, an item on mom’s bucket list

The GOP in Kentucky has been chomping at the bit to destroy the basic protections that’ve held working families together across our state for decades. These newly emboldened GOP leaders need to answer to the people they are hurting with their greed. Kentucky has always run on the love we have for our families and that sense of community has been the bedrock of our labor unions. This is something I learned firsthand from my mom.

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Trump Seems to Be Fine with Outsourcing to Right to Work States

Trump Seems to Be Fine with Outsourcing to Right to Work States

Not surprisingly, Donald Trump trashed the North American Free Trade Agreement and outsourcing in his Hoosier primary victory speech, which was typically long on style and short on substance. “We’re going to bring back our jobs and we’re going to keep our jobs,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee bloviated. "We’re not going to let companies leave.”

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