The fundamental question about “right-to-work” laws is whether or not we want to continue the downward plunge in the quality of life for middle-class Americans that has accompanied the de-unionization of the American workforce.In the early 1950s more than a third of American workers in private industry belonged to unions. Today it is less than 7 percent and dropping (by sharp contrast, in Germany — the richest country in Europe — 91 percent of the workers are unionized). During that same period, real income for American workers adjusted for inflation has been declining, the number of workers without medical insurance and without pensions has been increasing, and the gap in income and wealth between the rich and everyone else has been exponentially increasing. In short, the American Dream has been evaporating.
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