Here in Oregon, if you are employed by a company or an organization that uses union labor, you will be forced to join the union and/or pay dues. Right-to-work states do not require workers to join unions and pay dues.
According to a new study by Cascade Policy Institute, if Oregon were to allow workers the freedom to choose to be a member of a union and allow businesses to hire non-union workers, it would lead to 50,000 new jobs in five years. The high cost of employing union workers drives many businesses away from forced-union states.
A right-to-work Oregon would also lead to 14 percent more taxpaying families moving to Oregon each year and $2.7 billion more in wages and salaries for Oregonians.
The best part: It costs taxpayers nothing.
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In fact, if you applied the average Oregon income tax rate to the state personal income gains identified in this report, Oregon state government would take in $233 million in new taxes each year. That is revenue relief many state legislators might look forward to, considering the current budget gap of over $200 million this session.
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