The Indiana House Democratic Caucus issued this news release Friday night:
Rep. Win Moses on Smear Campaign: Our Job is to Stand Up for Working Hoosiers, Not Smaller Paychecks
Misleading Statewide Ads Hide GOP Plan to Lower Paychecks by $1500
Ads Favor Special Interests over Working Hoosiers
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana State Representative Win Moses (D-Fort Wayne) today released the following statement in response to the negative smear campaign -- bought and paid for by out-of-state special interests -- launched this week regarding work on the Republican’s so-called “right to work” legislation. “Right to Work” is simply the requirement that unions represent people who pay no fees. The ultimate result will cripple unions. This hurts all working people.
The misleading ads, paid for by the Indiana Opportunity Fund, continue a statewide campaign of misinformation and fail to point out that so-called “right to work” legislation will mean a major cut in the paychecks of working Hoosiers. The Indiana Opportunity Fund, a mis-named secret super PAC, and the Governor are the ones misleading the public with a smear campaign against the workers of Indiana.
The House Democratic Caucus, which is eager to work on other legislation to create jobs and move the economy forward, supports statewide public hearings to inform Hoosiers about the controversial legislation as well as a public referendum in November to give working families across the state a say.
"Our job is to stand up for working Hoosiers, not for smaller paychecks,” said state Rep. Moses . “Here's the reality -- families are struggling, and the last thing they want is a misleading, negative, smear campaign about divisive legislation. They want us to work together to help create good-paying jobs, and that's exactly what I'm fighting to do."
ECONOMIC FACTS REGARDING “RIGHT TO WORK” LEGISLATIO
- "RTW laws have led to lower wages and benefits, for both union workers and non-union workers….
esearchers concluded that workers in RTW states receive wages that are 3.2% less than those in non-RTW states. This wage penalty translates into $1,500 less on an annual basis." ("Right to Work" vs. The Rights of Workers," Higgins Labor Studies Program, University of Notre Dame, March 2011.)
- Ten years after passing a RTW bill, Oklahoma saw the “average number of firms and jobs coming into the state” drop by one-third. (Economic Policy Institute Briefing Paper, 9/15/11, http://www.epi.org/files/2011/BriefingPaper326.pdf)
- "An analysis for individual states of median household income in 2009, which avoids all three of these problems, shows that only 4 of the 22 RTW states are above average, while 18 are below average." ("Right to Work" vs. The Rights of Workers," Higgins Labor Studies Program, University of Notre Dame, March 2011.)