As an argument for anti-union laws, the phrase is a form of interpretive framing in that it focuses on the possession of a job as the goal, while ignoring the fact that unions generally have a positive effect on other significant factors such as working conditions and salary.
In effect, it presumes that a "right to employment" – something that many supporters of "right to work laws" are actually against, although internationally it is considered a basic human right – is somehow more important than a "right to a decent living", which is most often the primary reason for wanting a job and arguably something that should actually be a right.
In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.' Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining... We demand this fraud be stopped.
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