The Instigator
Hayd
Con (against)
The Contender
lannan13
Pro (for)

Right to Work laws are beneficial.

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Started: 11/4/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 weeks ago Status: Debating Period
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Hayd

Con

This debate is for the DDOlympics. It is the Team Debate event with me and tejretics facing off against lannan13 and Danielle. Best of luck, I look forward to the debate.

The resolution is the title. First round is acceptance and no new arguments in the final round.

Right-to-work laws are statutes that are an effort to give employees the right to work without being required or compelled to join to a union. right to work laws prohibit union security agreements, or agreements between employers and labor unions, that govern the extent to which an established union can require employees' membership, payment of union dues, or fees as a condition of employment, either before or after hiring. Right-to-work laws do not aim to provide general guarantee of employment to people seeking work, but rather are a government regulation of the contractual agreements between employers and labor unions that prevents them from excluding non-union workers, or requiring employees to pay a fee to unions that have negotiated the labor contract all the employees work under. (Wikipedia)
lannan13

Pro

We accept.
Debate Round No. 1
Hayd

Con

Governments, societies, individuals, and all other forms of entities, act (or ought to act) on a utilitarian basis: things that have more benefits than harms ought to be retained, whilst those that have more harms than benefits ought to be abolished. Goodness is determined by the ratio of desirability to undesirability. This is because every entity or being intrinsically seeks to maximize their desirable states (read: pleasure) and minimize their undesirable states (read: suffering.) Things that overall prevent suffering while promoting pleasure are thus good for that being. Because we know that other sentient beings undergo this as well, we can *empathize* with them and thus seek to extend the same principle (preventing suffering and promoting pleasure) to them. Without empathy morality cannot exist, it is contingent. Given that morality in and of itself is a system used to determine whether entities should or should not do something based on its benefit-to-cost ratio, a moral framework of utilitarianism is valid. We find that the costs of right to work laws outweigh the benefits, and thus we affirm.


Right to work laws make it illegal for employees to be mandatorily forced to join a union of they get a job. The issue comes down to this: classifying unions as a voluntary organization or a government mandated organization. We believe that the government should support unions mandating union requirement of employees because it would increase union membership. This is proven by the fact that in states with right to work laws, 6.48% of the population was in a union, while states without right to work laws held 10.8% of the population in a union [1]. Having the most amount of employees in a union as possible is paramount to worker welfare. Unions advocate for higher worker pay and benefits, which research has shown to pay off. On balance, unionized workers make 21-32% more than non-unionized workers [2]. Requiring to employees to be part of a union ff the union’s agreement with the employer is mandatory inclusion will increase the employee’s wage by 21-32%. Furthermore, unions with more members are able to affect wages and employee benefits more than those with few members. It’s a truism: a union making up a small portion of the workforce is less likely to bring about higher wages than a union with the majority of the workforce. Research proves this true, as people in right-to-work states earn 12% less and have worse health care and retirement benefits than workers in other states.


Thus, we find right to work laws costly and negate the resolution.


[1] http://www.cnn.com...


[2] https://web.archive.org...

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Posted by Hayd 3 weeks ago
Hayd
There are arguments, but all of them suck but that one
Posted by lannan13 3 weeks ago
lannan13
There's plenty, but I do love that you guys put forth the effort in this debate instead of giving up. :D
Posted by Hayd 3 weeks ago
Hayd
Short and sweet, because there are no other good arguments for anti right to work :)
Posted by Hayd 3 weeks ago
Hayd
Better start this
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