LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Right-to-work laws damage economy, weaken families

Monday, April 14, 2014 | 1:06 p.m. CDT

To improve Missouri we must invest in our families and we need good jobs for that. Right-to-work laws don’t create them. In fact right-to-work states have a higher percentage of low-wage jobs resulting in working families earning an average of $5,538 less a year than workers in states without a right-to-work law.

If right-to-work passes, the wage cuts that follow will leave families with less to spend, and that will devastate our communities and businesses alike. The inevitable reduction in state revenues also means less money for economic development, education and everything else.

The Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis recently came out in opposition to right-to-work because our faith communities understand the importance of strong families.

Focusing on creating good jobs that allow families to support as well as properly raise our children is the best way to improve our neighborhoods.

Soccer teams need coaches, schools need active parents and local charities need donations of time and money.

When working people have to spend every waking hour on multiple low-wage jobs just to survive they have nothing left to give and we all suffer as a result.

Missouri needs strong families and legislators who focus on the needs of our communities instead of the demands of out-of-state special interests who won’t feel the negative impact right-to-work will bring us all.

Tara L. McMahon lives in Fenton, Mo.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.