If you live in Tennessee, you have an opportunity in the election taking place NOW to vote on an amendment that would add a falsely named “right-to-work” clause to the state constitution.
Amendment 1 is an attempt by greedy corporations to rewrite the Tennessee Constitution in a way that will suppress unions and harm working people in order to further inflate corporate profits.
Right-to-work laws, which are in place in 27 states, allow workers to opt out of supporting unions while unions remain legally bound to represent them. This weakens union power by robbing locals of the resources they need to bargain well, enforce contracts, build solidarity, and survive labor disputes.
Tennessee already has a right-to-work law, and adding it to the state constitution could make it more difficult to repeal and possibly hamper federal efforts to weaken right-to-work laws.
In states with RTW legislation, workers:
- earn lower wages, on average, than their peers in other states;
- are less likely to have employer-provided benefits; and
- are more likely to die in workplace incidents.
Please vote NO on Amendment 1 and urge your family and friends to do the same. Early voting is open, and Election Day is Nov. 8.
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