Others Start Paying Attention to Right-to-Work


The Indiana Chamber’s right-to-work study has gained attention in neighboring states, including Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch repeats key findings and says that some Ohio lawmakers would prefer their state, not Indiana, become the 23rd to join the RTW fold. Sure, the article (as it should) presents both sides. Only the arguments against, as usual, are more rhetoric than facts.

There have also been rumors of RTW talk in Kentucky, Wisconsin and Minnesota, among others. As one Ohio legislator reaffirmed, the first Midwestern state to pass RTW will become a "jobs oasis."

We would prefer that oasis be a Hoosier one.

One thought on “Others Start Paying Attention to Right-to-Work

  1. You accuse the opposition of employing rhetoric rather than fact. But you neglect to mention that the study itself is more speculation than fact (a hypothetical, based on what Indiana might be like if it passed RTW legislation in the 1970s) and that numerous real-world, factual arguments have been made in opposition.

    For example, wages in RTW states are about $5,500 lower than in non-RTW states, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a real world, quantifiable fact, based on empirical data, not a hypothetical test model of what might (or might not) have been.

    Proponents of RTW have some compelling arguments to make. But the per-capita income projections made in the ICC-commissioned study aren’t among them. Per-capita averages include things like executive stock options and other forms of income the average earner never sees.

    It’s a fact that wealth has accumulated disproportionately upward over the last few decades, across Republican- and Democratic-led administrations and Congresses. Increased per-capita income only means increases for some, not for Hoosier workers. The only truly representative gauge is wages.

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