Corporate Servitude Laws (aka Right-to-Work)

Why do we refer to “Right-to-Work” laws as Corporate Servitude laws?
How we frame this issue taps into the worldview people have. The frame “Right-to-Work” resonates with people. They think, everyone has a right to work, even though these laws have nothing to do with a person’s right to work. Using a message like “Right-To-Work for Less” reinforces the frame “Right-to-Work.” Negating a frame only reinforces it (See George Lakoff’s “The All New Don’t Think of an Elephant”).

In order to stop using our opponents’ frame we need to refer to these laws by what are. The words “Corporation” evoke a specific frame in people’s minds. Corporations have been successfully framed by unions as being greedy. When we use the term “Corporate Servitude” people’s minds subconsciously think of corporate slaves. This negative connotation resonates with people and they begin to view these laws in a bad light.

But public employees don’t work for corporations! Okay, so imagine you’re debating someone who is in favor of these laws. They argue “This isn’t corporate servitude because these workers don’t work for a corporation.” By negating your frame they just reinforced it. They’re no longer saying “right-to-work” they’re saying corporate servitude. What’s more they’re more likely to be openly discussing the true goal of these laws, which is to destroy unions.

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Corporate Servitude Law Basics

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Pension Theft

Pensions are delayed payment for the work public employees have already done.
States and cities made a promise to public employees when they took their jobs. That promise said if you teach our children, protect the public, plow our roads and keep our state running then we will pay you a fair wage and a pension on which you can retire. These pensions aren’t a gift. They’re deferred payment for the work public employees have already done. What’s more public employees actively contribute to their pension funds and have paid their fair share, often in lieu of raises, for the sake of retirement security.

States and cities across America have repeatedly failed to properly fund public employee pensions. Now, after years of stealing from workers’ pensions while giving away tax breaks to corporations and the 1%, public officials are blaming their troubled economies on public employees and their pensions.

Pension Basics

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