ERIC Number: ED469791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
'Right-to-Work' Laws and Economic Development in Oklahoma. Briefing Paper.
Mishel, Lawrence, Ed.
The bulk of this position paper consists of statements in opposition to a September 2001 referendum on adopting 'right-to-work' (RTW) legislation in Oklahoma. The statements are by Joan Fitzgerald, William Sschweke, Raymond Hogler, Steven Shulman, Stephan Weiler, Ann Markusen, Robert G. Lynch, David R. Howell, James Galbraith, Colin Gordon, Wim Wiewel, Mark Cassell, Philip Shapira, Chris Tilly and Andrew Reamer and make the following points: (1) RTW results in low pay and income polarization; (2) RTW has limited positive effects on job creation and economic development and significant social costs; (3) in a global economy, RTW primarily attracts low wage firms, which are later easily lured away; (4) other factors, such as a highly skilled workforce, infrastructure, vibrant communities, and a clean environment are often more important in attracting businesses than low labor costs; (5) RTW encourages low wages resulting in lower tax receipts and more need for social services; (6) fewer high skill jobs will result in the out-migration of higher education graduates and skilled workers; and (7) nurturing home-grown businesses and start-ups has recently become a preferred economic development strategy over luring businesses from elsewhere. (CG)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Employment Opportunities, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Labor Legislation, Low Income, Occupational Mobility, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Quality of Life, Salary Wage Differentials, Skilled Occupations, Small Businesses, State Legislation, Taxes, Unions, Unskilled Occupations
Economic Policy Institute, 1660 L Street, NW #1200, Washington, DC 20036 ($5). For full text: http://www.epinet.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Policy Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma