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Right-To-Work. Bad for Education. What is RTW? – Public Sector. An employee cannot be required to join the union. If an agency fee provision is negotiated into the contract the employee who chooses not to join must pay an agency fee that covers contract negotiations and administration.

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Right-To-Work

Bad for Education


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What is RTW? – Public Sector

  • An employee cannot be required to join the union.

  • If an agency fee provision is negotiated into the contract the employee who chooses not to join must pay an agency fee that covers contract negotiations and administration.


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What is RTW?

  • RTW law states that a worker can get all the benefits of having a union without having to pay any dues or agency fees.

  • RTW forces unions to spend resources and members’ dues dollars on “free loaders.”


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What is RTW?

  • RTW weakens the union’s Power

    • Collective Bargaining

    • Contract Protections

    • Political and Legislative Action


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Non-Right to Work States

The National Landscape

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New England – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Mid Atlantic – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania

East North Central – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin

Pacific – Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington

West North Central – Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, N. Dakota, S. Dakota

South Atlantic – Delaware, D. C., Florida, Georgia, Maryland, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

East South Central – Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee

West South Central – Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

Mountain – Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

RTW - Bad for Education

Non-RTW States 28 + D.C. RTW states 22


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New England $12.41

Mid Atlantic $12.85

E. N. Central $12.72

Pacific $12.99

W. N. Central $11.84

S. Atlantic $10.64

E. S. Atlantic $ 9.92

W. S. Central $10.08

Mountain $ 8.87

RTW - Bad for Education

Teachers’ Aides

Non-RTW RegionsAverage Full-Time Hourly Earnings

RTW/BlendedAverage Full-Time Hourly Earnings

(National $11.31)

AFT PSRP Compensation Report, 2005


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RTW - Bad for Education

Secretaries

Non-RTW RegionsAverage Full-Time Hourly Earnings

RTW/BlendedAverage Full-Time Hourly Earnings

New England $18.22

Mid Atlantic $18.30

E. N. Central $16.22

Pacific $18.47

W. N. Central $15.32

S. Atlantic $15.29

E. S. Atlantic $14.12

W. S. Central $14.19

Mountain $14.94

(National $16.41)

AFT PSRP Compensation Report, 2005


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RTW - Bad for Education

Teachers

Non-RTW RegionsAverage yearly salary

RTW/BlendedAverage yearly salary

New England $49,684

Mid Atlantic $55,194

E. N. Central $49,916

(Michigan 53,959)

Pacific $50,389

W. N. Central $39,164

S. Atlantic $40,455

E. S. Atlantic $40,100

W. S. Central $39,850

Mountain $40,313

(National $47,602)

AFT Survey & Analysis of Teacher Salary Trends, 2005


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RTW - Bad for Education

University 9/10 Month Faculty Salary

Michigan Average Salary

RTW Average Salary

Michigan Universities

$78,941

20 Universities of States & State Universities

(2 per region)

$68,909

AFT LeaderNet Higher Education Data Center


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RTW - Bad for Education

Community College 9/10 Month Faculty Salary

Michigan Average salary

RTW Average salary

24 Institutions

$66,234

20 Institutions

(2 per region)

$39,485

AFT LeaderNet Higher Education Data Center


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RTW - Bad for Education

General Wage Comparison

Michigan Average Yearly Earnings

RTWAverage Yearly Earnings

$39,443

$31,632

2005 State Rankings, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau


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RTW – Bad for Education

FACT

RTW will not help Michigan’s

manufacturing crisis.

  • RTW State N. Carolina had a greater loss of manufacturing jobs than Michigan. (1994-2005)

  • N. Carolina between June and July, 2007 lost more jobs than any other state in the nation including Michigan.

  • Oklahoma lost over 22,000 manufacturing jobs after RTW took effect in 2001


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RTW – Bad for Education

FACT

RTW will not help Michigan’s economy.

  • Union membership means higher wages, higher unionization within a community means consumers have more to spend.

  • That’s good for Michigan’s economy, local business and education.


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RTW – Bad for Education

Percentage of population without Health Insurance

Non-RTW Michigan RTW

13.4% 11.6% 15.4%

Percentage of people younger than 65 with employment based health insurance is lower in RTW States 62.1% vs. 70% in Michigan

AFL-CIO


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RTW – Bad for Education

State Poverty Rates

Non-RTW Michigan RTW

11.9% 12.3% 13.8%

National 12.6

U.S. Bureau of the Census 2006


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RTW – Bad for Education

RTW states spend $2,260lessper

PreK-12 pupil per year.


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Why Are Unions Important?

  • Education Funding

  • Child Labor Practices

  • Worker Safety Laws (workplace deaths are 41% higher in RTW states)

  • Negotiated higher wage raises societies standard of living

  • Protection of Worker Rights

  • Prevents wage and benefit discrimination

  • FMLA

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (1928)

    • Est. minimum wage

    • Time and a half overtime


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RTW – Who’s Behind It Nationally?

  • Wal-Mart

  • Holland Coors of Coors Beer

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Grover Norquist of American’s for Tax Payer Reform & the anti-union Alliance for Worker Freedom


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RTW – Who’s Behind It In Michigan?

  • Mackinac Center

  • Dick & Betsy DeVos

  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce

  • The Detroit Newspapers (primarily The Detroit News)

  • CEO, David Brandon, Domino’s Pizza

  • Karmanos


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RTW in Michigan

RTW in Michigan

  • Bills have been introduced -

    H.B. 4454-4455

    Offered by JackHoogendyk(R-Kalamazoo) and

    KevinEisenheimer (R-Bellaire)

    Co-sponsored by: Steil (R-Grand Rapids), Agema (R-Grandville), Palmer (R-Romeo), Garfield (R-Rochester Hill), Knollenberg (R-Troy), Opsommer (R-Dewitt), Wenke (R-Kalamazoo), Sheen (R-Plainwell), Meltzer (R-Clinton Twp), Acciavatti (R-Chesterfield), Meekhof(R-West Olive), Amos (R-Waterford)

    S.B. 607-608

    Offered by Nancy Cassis (R-Novi)


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RTW in Michigan

  • Potential November 2008 Ballot Proposal

  • Should know by January 2008


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RTW – Michigan Poll

If the vote were held today - Union

Members Only

  • 21% support RTW

  • 67% oppose

  • 12% are undecided


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RTW – Michigan Poll

If the vote were held today

  • 49% support RTW

  • 40% oppose

  • 11% undecided


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RTW – What You Can Do.

  • Member to Member flyer

  • Speak to the issue regularly and often to members, neighbors, family & friends.

  • Invite a speaker to a meeting

  • Messages in e-news and/or newsletters

  • Letters to the editor

  • Let people know what your union is doing; for families, community, schools


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RTW – Cost

  • Preliminary Campaign: 13th dues check to the State AFL-CIO

    (AAUP/AFT 6075 covered this for all AFT Michigan locals)

  • If there is a petition drive - -MILLIONS!

    (Anti-voucher campaign cost $5-6 Million seven years ago)


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RTW – Timeline

  • October

    • Kickoff at Presidents Council

  • October - January

    • Member-to-Member information campaign

    • Speakers

  • January - July

    • Do Not Sign campaign

    • Member-to-Member information campaign

  • July

    • We should know if RTW will be on the ballot


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What is RTW?

“Right-to-Work…provides no ‘rights’ and no ‘work.’

… Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining….”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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