Re-examination of Right-to-work Statutes: Outside the South
Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
- Chair: William Spriggs, Howard University
Right to Work and Racial and Gender Wages
AbstractRight to Work was proposed to prevent interracial unions. But, it is oddly sometime touted as a way to go after unions that have legacy of racial segregation to prevent them from having monopoly power in the labor market. Because, until 2010, the majority of states that were Right to Work were Southern, with strong histories of legal discrimination and labor market segregation it was hard to distinguish Right to Work effects on Black wages and on women's occupational segregation. The lower wages Blacks felt because the majority of Black workers lived in Right-to-Work states could not be easily identified. This paper will use the recent adoption of Right to Work by Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana to take a closer look at how Right to Work laws effect race and gender in the labor market.
Right to Work: Is Race Endogenous?
AbstractThis paper examines the role of race in Right to Work. The stated purpose of the champion of Right to Work was to prevent integrated industrial unions. This paper looks at the effects of Right to Work on union density by sector to see if industrial unions had a harder time, as intended, in Right to Work states. And, it looks at the racial composition of the industrial work force to see if that effects the adoption of Right to Work by a state.
- J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining