That Walmart story from the LA times got me thinking about why WalMart loves the South so much, as do many other employers who like no worker protection regulation.
Consider this figure:
The unionized states have workers that make approximately 20% more than the states that are hostile to unionization. But then you ask, well, those what about unemployment? Don't unions drive out jobs? Again, not really.
There really isn't much difference between the right to work and all other states (the first two bars). If there is an effect at all it is slight and can't be justified given the standard deviations indicate the unemployment rates aren't significantly different. Further, when you evaluate the data by actual union characteristics (the 3rd-5th bars) you see unionization doesn't appear to negatively affect overall unemployment for a state at all. So, by all means red states, oppose workers rights and get paid less, see if we care. On top of that you get WalMart all over the damn place and at a Medicaid cost of $900 per worker per year, you'll bankrupt your states in no time.
Next we'll discuss why the red states just won't go bankrupt (hint: the blue states subsidize them outrageously).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2002 and 2003 Occupational Employment and
Wage Estimates. www.bls.gov
Bureau of Labor Statistics, State and Regional Unemployment, 2002 and 2003 Annual Averages. www.bls.gov