Week 4: The Union Advantage

Date Posted: 
Friday, March 23, 2018

This week, our Political Action Committee takes a look at the union pay advantage. Spoiler alert: teachers in states that aren't Right to Work, such as New York, get paid better! Another aspect of Right-to-Work that is often ignored is that it can limit what the union can negotiate within its collective bargaining agreement. In negotiations, many issues are on the table beyond just compensation. For example, health and supplemental benefits, workday hours, school calendars, protection from discrimination, and guidelines on how to handle disciplinary issues are all items that could be eliminated if we lose the Janus case and become a Right-to-Work state. Below, we have provided an example of a contract from Wisconsin with the before and after Right-to-Work details.