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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 2:53 PM 

WMC’S Manley: Union jobs growing in right-to-work states


WMC Vice President of Government Relations Scott Manley said right to work state have seen greater job and wage growth and larger increases in Manufacturing GDP than non-right-to-work states.

He also said population has grown faster and people in right-to-work state have about $2,000 more in disposable income than those in non-right-to-work states.

He also said right-to-work state have actually added more union jobs than non-right-to-work states since the recession. He pointed to Indiana, which passed right-to-work in 2012, said the state added 50,000 union jobs.

“To the extent than some have suggested right to work leads to a bad outcome for unions, that has not been the case,” Manley said.

Manley said right-to-work would make Wisconsin more competitive.

“There are a lot of employers that wouldn’t even consider a non-right-to-work state,” Manley said.

WMC Director of Health & Human Resources Policy Chris Reader said it is companies, not unions, that pay for worker training. He said companies would continue to provide that training under right to work.


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