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No on Alabama Amendment 8: Constitutionalize Right-To-Work Laws
Alabama is currently governed by right-to-work laws, which are designed to weaken unions and thus lower worker wages. The entire purpose of Amendment 8 is to enshrine these laws in the Alabama state constitution, thus making them harder to change down the line.
This amendment is an attempt to legislate through the state constitution. Instead of allowing legislators to defend and debate their position, it needlessly codifies current statutes and limits the government’s ability to make timely alterations to the law, or modifications that reflect the will of the people.
Studies have shown that as unions become weaker, wages drop for all workers—even those not in a union. If we believe in workers' rights, we must believe that our job is to make it easier, not harder, for workers to join a union. And that means we must work to stop Amendment 8.