Union bosses and their apologists often seriously underratedWhere completely forget, Regional differences in cost of living As they debate the standard of living in right-to-work states versus union-mandated states.
Minimizing or ignoring this critical issue is easier to hide catastrophic economic impact Forced unionism. But no matter how vehemently the GLP tries to insist that bringing workers together in monopolistic unions makes them more prosperous, there is one irreproachable fact that union speakers struggle to explain:
People of working age would prefer not to live in a country that enforces unions when they have the choice.
Group by age State demographics for 2020 and 2021 Data released by the US Census Bureau in June 2022 shows that the long-term trend of mass exodus of breadwinners and their families is accelerating. 23 states Countries that have not adopted and implemented a right to work law. Such laws prohibit the firing of employees for refusing to fund unions they do not want.
Census data shows that from July 2020 to July 2021 alone, the total population of top-income states (35 to 54 years old) in mandatory contributory states fell from 41.828 million to 41.673 million. This represents a drop of 155,000 people, or 0.4%.
Nationally, the peak income year population in 2021 is actually slightly higher than in 2020, thanks to the growing generation of “echo boom” Americans in this group of age. In the 27 right-to-work states as a group, the number of top earners increased by nearly 250,000.
If the 23 unionized states experienced an overall increase in “top earners” comparable to the national average in 2020-21, the unionized states would have nearly 200,000 top earners last year.
Between 2010 and 2020, there was already a strong tendency to “vote” against forced unionization for people with family support.
Since the beginning of 2012, five States switched From forced unionism to the right to work. Of the 45 states that haven’t recently changed their right-to-work status, 10 have seen the worst annual peak revenue loss by percentage 2010 and 2020 All forced unionism.
These are New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alaska, Rhode Island, Illinois and Missouri.
Meanwhile, the four highest-income states (Utah, Idaho, Texas, and Nevada) all have the right to work.
If the peak income year population trends of the remaining 23 mandatory contributor states are the same as the national average between 2010 and 2020, then the mandatory contributor states will see an increase of approximately 1 million peak income residents by 2020. If the latest trends continue, these states are bound to lose 2 million additional breadwinners Outbound migration to right-to-work states from 2020-30.
Why are breadwinners and their families fleeing fee-mandated states in droves? The obvious and correct explanation is that more and more working men and women are finding that they cannot provide for their families as they can in right-to-work states, which often higher real income and faster job growth. My 2020 analysis of Census Bureau data To display The average after-tax cost-of-living-adjusted household income in right-to-work states was $64,572 in 2019, about $4,300 higher than the state average for required contributions.
Such findings should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the data, which reveals where American breadwinners prefer to live and work. It is contrary to common sense to claim that people who derive the vast majority of their income from work would rather live in states where they are less affluent than in states where they are more affluent.
However, this is in fact what the propagandists of the Great Work repeatedly claim.
The truth is that, like George Mason University law professor Ilya Somin Explain in his book 2020 free movement“Motoring voters have a strong incentive to take relevant information and put it to good use.” Those who choose where to live know that their decision “will have real consequences,” so often they don’t do so without first considering all the key facts. Take action.
Federal and state policymakers should trust “voters” to know what is best for them and their families. The ‘football voters’ are increasingly telling us, overwhelmingly, that they are better off in the right to work than in a state of forced unionism.
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Stan Greer is a senior researcher at the National Institute of Labor Relations.