Facts about Amendment 8
- Amendment 8 ensures that no one can deny employment based on membership or non-membership in a labor union or labor organization.
- Unions compel employees to shell out $4.5 billion annually in dues that fund unreported campaign operations to elect and control congressional majorities dedicated to higher taxes and increased government spending.
- The National Right to Work Committee says right-to-work states enjoy a higher standard of living than non-right-to-work states.
- Alabama has been a right-to-work state since 1953 but a right-to-work amendment enshrines that status in the Alabama Constitution.
- Of the 25 states with right to work laws, Alabama can join the 10 with right-to-work constitutional protections. Of the 10, Arkansas, Florida, and Mississippi are Alabama’s direct competitors for economic development projects.
- Manufacturers and suppliers are facing unprecedented challenges including an endless array of government regulations, skilled workforce shortages, complex trade rules, and global competition. We must stand up and protect manufacturers from those who oppose economic growth.
- Businesses are more likely to locate in a right-to-work state. Right-to-work status has a positive effect on economic performance, growth, employment, investment, and innovation.
- Private-sector employment grew by 17.4 percent in right-to-work states between 2001 and 2013, more than double the 8.2 percent increase in non-right-to-work states. The unemployment rate was lower in right-to-work states and personal income in right-to-work states increased by nearly twice as much as in non-right-to-work states between 2001 and 2013.
- Alabama voters can ensure our right-to-work status on Nov. 8 by voting yes on Constitutional Amendment 8. Voting yes on right-to-work Amendment 8 is critical to job creation and growth of new and existing businesses.
When you go to vote, look on the back of the ballot and vote YES on Amendment 8.
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