- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- Settlement reached in accidental shooting case at Kelly High (2/15/17)10
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Jackson board votes to demolish high school building if bond issue passes (2/15/17)24
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)4
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Ray's of Kelso to close, then reopen under new ownership (2/16/17)6
'Right to work' is bad news
After the record flood of campaign contributions from CEOs during the last election, it's no surprise that the same politicians giving tax breaks to corporations are going after workers and their unions ("'Right to work' equals jobs," March 13).
After all, workers acting collectively through their unions are one of the only remaining checks on corporate power, and the last line of defense for our dwindling middle class. Exploitative CEOs would like to see a future without unions -- that's why so-called "right-to-work" legislation is designed to make it even harder for workers to join together for a secure agreement about their pay, benefits and working conditions.
Right-to-work is bad news for workers -- union and non-union alike -- and for our consumer-driven economy. In fact, according to the Economic Policy Institute, since Oklahoma passed "right-to-work" legislation in 2001, manufacturing employment has declined, and more businesses have relocated out of Oklahoma to other states.
So it's time for lawmakers to put politics aside and solve the real problems facing Missourians: creating good American jobs and rebuilding the middle class.
KIMBERLY FREEMAN BROWN, executive director, American Rights at Work, Washington, D.C.