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Right To Work Is Not Right For Students

Twenty-eight states now have Right to Work laws designed to weaken unions and collective bargaining. Ostensibly, these laws end “compulsory unionism,” which has been illegal since 1947 anyway. Source: USA Today

All students and educators in Pennsylvania benefit from collective bargaining. If educators choose not to join the union, they pay a fair-share fee since they are benefitting from the collective bargaining of the association. Students benefit from teachers’ unions in the form of advocating for decreased standardized testing and the improvement of student learning environments. Source: Pennsylvania State Education Association

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions Strong unions allow teachers to push for issues that matter to parents and students such as: – Small class sizes – Challenging curriculum and cutting-edge technology – Appropriate programs/services for special needs students – Developing curious, engaged learners – Meeting the needs of every child

States with Right to Work Laws Hurt Students, Teachers and the Public • A review of Right to Work states shows: • 87% spend the least per student • 20% have higher poverty rates • 64% have highest unemployment rates • 49% have higher risk of death in the workplace • 38% have higher rate of uninsured and under 65 • 80% have the worst pay gaps between women and men Source: AFL-CIO & United Federation of Teachers

PROTECT STUDENTS BY OPPOSING RIGHT TO WORK LAWS IN PENNSYLVANIA Contact Your Legislator

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