A new article published by the Fraser Institute, and receiving heavy rotation with Facebook advertising, calls on the Canadian government to institute right-to-work laws, which have decimated labour unions throughout the United States.

Right-to-work laws are a misnomer. They are laws used to “tilt the balance towards big corporations and further rig the system at the expense of working families” by making it harder for workers to form unions and bargain for wages, benefits and working conditions.

Studies show that workers under right-work-laws have lower earnings, higher gender and racial wage inequality, and increases in workplace fatalities.

A study of the impact of right-to-work laws on Illinois showed that workers would suffer an income loss of between 5.7 to 7.4 percent,¬†“fewer workers would have health and retirement benefits and poverty would rise by 1 percent”.

As reported previously, the Fraser Institute is supported and involved in the Atlas Network, a far-right organization that funds right-wing Canadian think tanks and advocacy organizations.

The Atlas Network funds numerous far-right American think-tanks advocating for right-to-work legislation, including the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which launched a teacher union opt-out campaign, and the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy.

The Atlas Network and the Fraser Institute are funded by the Koch brothers, who have a long history of undermining worker rights. The Kochs founded and fund the National Right to Work Legal Defence Foundation, which launches legal action against labour organizations, and Americans for Prosperity, which was instrumental in turning Michigan into a right-to-work state.

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