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'Right-to-work' legislation may sound nice, but it's actually terrible for workers and has a deeply racist history

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In politics, sometimes naming is everything. If the widely accepted name for a policy or position has a strong emotional connotation, it can leave supporters with an uphill battle to persuade voters before they've even opened their mouths. One framing that has plagued progressives for decades, for instance, is "gun control." Nobody wants to be controlled, so audiences are already subconsciously primed to be opposed to any proposal so-called "gun control" advocates put forth, which is why advocates have long preferred "gun safety" or "gun responsibility" to describe their position.

So let's give credit where it's due: Whichever nameless business lobby operative came up with the name "right-to-work laws" deserves a raise. Just on the basis of the name alone, "right-to-work" (hereafter RTW) sounds like a robust worker protection law, when in reality it's the exact opposite — a way to give employers more power and money at the expense of workers.

RTW laws basically interfere with the ability of unions to collect dues from workers who enjoy union protections. Trickle-down........

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