Sean O’Brien, Teamsters President: ‘Right-to-Work is a lie told to cheat Michigan workers, repeal it’


Sean O’Brien Opinion:


This is the true intent and final solution inherent in Right-to-Work legislation — to kill unions and end collective bargaining for good.

In states where right-to-work legislation is currently in place, the data is not good. Workers have lower wages, less retirement security, worse health care benefits and higher rates of workplace injuries and deaths. 

Big Business has ripped off the American worker for so long now, many of us are numb to the grift. But the scam remains. The corporate boards, corrupt politicians, and soulless lobbyists who participate in draining our pockets will continue to get away with as much as we allow them to. This truth strikes at the heart of corporate-friendly, anti-labor legislation like Right-to-Work.

Corporate America wants workers to embrace the new gig economy and to believe being classified as independent contractors will afford you more freedom and flexibility. Do not buy into this false confidence. Their ultimate goal is to abdicate all responsibility to their workers. Unions are the only thing standing in the way of that goal. And that’s what Right-to-Work is all about.

It’s time for Michigan’s elected officers to honor the proud tradition of the state’s working class and transcend beyond the grift of Corporate America. See beyond the illusion of Right-to-Work and repeal a law that actively harms Michigan workers every day it remains on the books.



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