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The One Percent SolutionHow Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time$
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Gordon Lafer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703065

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703065.001.0001

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Deunionizing the Private Sector

Deunionizing the Private Sector

(p.78) 2 Deunionizing the Private Sector
The One Percent Solution

Gordon Lafer

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the debate over right to work (RTW) and the corporate lobbies' efforts to deunionize the private sector. It first considers the politics of RTW and its proponents' two main arguments: that RTW is both an economic strategy for boosting job growth and a moral principle for safeguarding workers' freedom of association. It then discusses the impact of RTW in a globalized economy by focusing on the case of Oklahoma. It also asks whether “right to work” is about strengthening workers' rights and why corporate advocates have prioritized RTW and deunionization over more traditional economic development policies. Finally, it looks at efforts aimed specifically at lowering labor standards in the construction industry, along with campaigns against project labor agreements and prevailing wage laws.

Keywords:   right to work, corporate lobbies, private sector, Oklahoma, workers' rights, deunionization, labor standards, construction industry, project labor agreements, wage laws

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