Maine legislators should look at Indiana when they consider passing a Right-To-Work law.
Here's one BIG reason why:
Manufacturing Employment on the Rise in ‘Right to Work’ Indiana
April 6, 2017
“Today, Indiana citizens who emphasized Right to Work’s potential as a job-creation strategy have ample evidence to demonstrate they were right.
In February 2012, the month the Right to Work statute was adopted, Indiana had 470,800 manufacturing jobs, according to seasonally unadjusted U.S. Labor Department data. By January 2017, the most recent month for which statistics are available at this writing, Indiana’s total manufacturing employment had increased by 11.2 percent to 523,700.
Indiana’s percentage increase in factory jobs since it became Right to Work is more than two-and-a-half times as great as the nationwide gain of 4.3 percent over the same period. Meanwhile, manufacturing employment has actually fallen by 1.9 percent in Illinois, Indiana’s forced-unionism neighbor to the west. Ohio, Indiana’s forced-unionism neighbor to the east, has had a percentage gain only about one-half as great as Indiana’s.
U.S. Labor Department data also show that the average weekly earnings for manufacturing employees in Indiana have grown by 12.7 percent since February 2012, faster than the national average and far above the 7.0 percent increase in inflation as measured by the consumer price index over the same period.”
PASSING A RIGHT-TO-WORK LAW IN MAINE
IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR MANY REASONS.
Please help support this year's RTW legislation in Augusta.
1) LD 65 (HP 52): "An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment"
2) LD 66 (HP 53): "An Act To Prohibit Public Employers from Acting as Collection Agents for Labor Unions"
FMI, contact MaineRTW@yahoo.com.