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Stanley Greer: Right-to-Work Makes Sense (and Cents) for Workers

February 20, 2017

Labor unions in right-to-work states can actually have more members than similar organizations in forced-unionism states, as more jobs and higher worker incomes mean more union jobs to go around.

In this episode of The Heartland Institute’s weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow and managing editor Jesse Hathaway talks with Stanley Greer, a senior research associate with the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, about the economic benefits of right-to-work laws.

Contrary to fake news about right-to-work laws coming from labor unions in Missouri and other states, right-to-work makes sense for workers, and it makes lots of dollars and sense for those workers, too. Greer and Hathaway talk about how removing laws compelling workers to join a labor union as a condition of their employment is linked to increased income levels, enhanced economic prosperity and employment rates.

It’s not just workers who benefit from right-to-work laws, according to Greer. Labor unions in right-to-work states can actually have more members than similar organizations in forced-unionism states, as more jobs and higher worker incomes mean more union jobs to go around.
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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute.
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