Another Reason to Oppose Right-To-Work-For-Less

by Kate Childs Graham  |  January 10, 2012

It’s unlikely you need another reason to oppose so-called right-to-work-for-less laws. They lower wages for everyone. They endanger health and safety standards. And they are just plain unfair to dues-paying union members. But, in case you need another reason to detest these detestable political ploys, here it is: Right-to-work-for-less hurts pensions.

Heidi Shierholz and Elise Gould of the Economic Policy Institute published a study last year in which they looked at the relationship between right-to-work-for-less status and wages and benefits. In the end, they found that pensions in right-to-work-for-less states were significantly – that is, 4.8 percent – lower. If all non-right-to-work-for-less states were to flip, then 3.8 million fewer workers would have pensions to count on for a secure retirement.

Right-to-work is truly right-to-work-for-less, for less pay, less benefits and less retirement security. 

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