The phrase “right to work state” has been making its way through the media lately, especially regarding the situation currently brewing in Wisconsin. But what exactly is the difference between “right to work” and “free bargaining” states?

As explained by Middle Class Missouri,

“‘Right to work’ has been created by top executives that desire higher profits by lowering wages on the middle class while taking away our voice to do anything about it … Workers in ‘right to work’ states make on average $1500 less per year than workers in states that allow employees to bargain for fair wages and benefits.”

In other words, living in one of the 23 ‘right to work’ states is more difficult because of the financial disparity. Workers in both states still have to buy food, housing, clothing, etc., but workers in ‘right to work’ states have less money with which to buy those necessities.

Watch Middle Class Missouri’s video explaining just how detrimental taking away workers’ bargaining rights really is.