juancole.com — What “right to work” laws do is allow workers to be free riders, benefiting from union representation without paying the dues that support the officials, lawyers and others who make successful collective bargaining possible. Unsurprising, in “right to work” states, unionization rates fall precipitously. “Right to work” can also be called a “wage reduction program,”, since the average wage of the average worker in “right to work” states is roughly $5,000 less than in states that do not interfere with unions. Some 70% of Swedish workers are unionized, compared to about 9% in the United States. The nominal per capita annual income of Swedes is $57,638. For the United States? $48,328. And, income inequality is twice as bad in the U.S. as in Sweden. But, folks, you might as well give up on being Sweden. You are all peasants now, so bow the knee to your lords.
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