RI’s poor labor climate

AWF Releases Study Comparing Rhode Island’s Labor Climate to Rest of the Nation

Index of Worker Freedom finds positive correlation between state population growth and worker freedom

Washington, D.C. — The Alliance for Worker Freedom (AWF) announces the release of its second biannual report, the Index of Worker Freedom, a one-of-a-kind state-by-state comparative study that measures worker freedom through an analysis of policy implications as well as quantitative state data.

This year’s Index found that workers and employers are fleeing states with low levels of worker freedom–generally heavily unionized states–in favor of states with high levels of worker freedom. States ranked in the top quintile of worker freedom saw their population grow 50 percent faster than the national average and 150% faster than states in the bottom quintile between the 2008-2009 period.

“Residents of Rhode Island should look carefully at the Index’s findings.  The positive correlation found in this year’s Index between state population growth and worker freedom is proof that Americans are rejecting union’s inhibiting policies; people are being drawn to states that foster choice and entrepreneurship,” said Christopher Prandoni, Executive Director of AWF.

The Index of Worker Freedom includes very important results for Rhode Island. With the grades ranging from “F”, a zero on the Index scale, to a possible high of “A”, a score of 15; Rhode Island scored 1 out of 15, earning the state an “F”.

“The Index of Worker Freedom is great tool for citizens, policy makers, and scholars interested in examining and comparing state labor policy,” Prandoni added. “Compiling data and statistics from a variety of different sources, the Index provides an easily understandable ‘snapshot’ of worker freedom in Rhode Island.”


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