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Right-to-work laws cost workers $5,500 a year in lowered pay

By GAIL HARDY Cadiz

EDITOR:

Can you afford to lose $5,500 a year?

A right-to-work law means the right to work for less. It is backed by big corporate, big business and the same people who were elected with support from powerful special-interest dollars. $5,538 a year is how much less the average worker makes in states that have the so-called "right-to-work" laws (Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2010).

It makes wages lower for everyone. It is unfair to those who play by the rules. It endangers worksite safety and health standards, resulting in more injuries and even deaths at work.

Kentucky does not need a right-to-work law. We can't afford to work for less.

States with a right-to-work law spend $2,670 less per pupil on elementary and secondary education than free-bargaining states.

The Republican Party is deaf to the cry for a living wage. Why? Because they cater to big corporations.

Those elected with support from big rich corporate and special-interest groups who bought them the election (Kentucky's 30-year U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is one of those) will support legislation to help big corporate business. McConnell leads his party to vote for corporate interests, not yours. He has not worked for Kentuckians. McConnell supports "right to work" and he has voted against raising the minimum wage 15 times. He doesn't care about you.

Hold elected officials accountable. Call and tell them to vote against "right to work" and to vote for raising the minimum wage. Get others involved. Let them know you will be watching their vote to determine whether you vote for them again.

It may be hard to realize, but enough votes can trump big money.

GAIL HARDY

Cadiz

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