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Average worker in ‘right-to-work’ state earns $1,500 less each year

On Tuesday, Michigan enacted a “right-to-work” law, becoming the 24th state to do so. While policymakers in Michigan claim that “right to work” helps workers, our research shows the exact opposite is true. Workers—both union and nonunion— in these states have lower wages on average, are less likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance, and are also less likely to have employer-sponsored pensions.

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Note: These data are from EPI Briefing Paper No. 299, The compensation penalty of “right-to-work” laws.

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