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‘Right to Work’ unfair to labor

July 25, 2013

Editor, OBSERVER: The Right to Work law should never have been passed. It is unfair to labor and a unionized plant....

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Jul-30-13 8:20 PM

BAHAHAHA!!! For a second, I thought this guy was serious...

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Jul-27-13 11:37 AM

Unions started out like many other organizations for a good cause but as they grew in size and power greed takes over. One of the leading causes of our economic demise was corporate bankruptcy thousands of jobs lost when companies fell. The causes of these are many among them is union greed. Although not the only cause it did nothing to slow the process.

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Jul-27-13 7:05 AM

I agree with DarkStar. He correctly notes the big difference between public & private unions. There are pros & cons with all unions, but I've always said that if an employer treats its workers fairly, there's no need to unionize. Unfortunately, this is NOT the norm.

Right to Work laws (opt out) are more popular today (among union workers) simply b/c dissatisfied workers feel union dues are a waste of money. We have enjoyed the benefits gained by previous generations, but are slowly losing them through CBA concessions. This is a direct result of (unfair) Free Trade Agreements with foreign countries, and of course, corporate greed.

Now, if we could just apply this same concept to voters who feel the same about political representatives.

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Jul-26-13 3:14 PM

As for Marcel's comment about "It does not tell the full facts!"

Seems to be a pattern since you haven't either. Even with right to work a person who refuses to join the union most still pay partial "dues" to cover the cost of collective bargining.

What they don't have to finance is the unions leftist political agenda.

I'm not a fan of unions, but if workers fairly vote in a union at a private company that is up to them. Government workers on the otherhand shouldn't be allowed to unionize, in part because unions are to large a force in elections in which they always support whoever who give them the most.

In a private company, if a union forces the cost of providing goods or services up to high the company will close and those workers will be let go. In governemnt if the union forces the services cost up to high taxpayers have no choice and the government simply forces us to pay more.

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Jul-26-13 3:05 PM

Unions were formed to protect the little guy from big business, but many unions have become bigger businesses then the companies their members work at and now their purpose is to continue their own existance.

I'll never forget when UPS offered a pension plan to it's workers that promised to double the pension it's workers it reveived. Hoffa went on TV to say that workers can't trust the company with pension money, and then a few months later a federal judge found Hoffa was using the teamster's pension fund to pay for his campaigns (like father like son.)

"Companies prosper from their loyalty and ought to be glad to share the profits with them."

You mean like the Kraft plant in Dunkirk which the union killed, or Hostess company which was bankrupted by the union?

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Jul-26-13 1:16 PM

Marcel, unfortunately for the American worker the unions have been painted as the reason for our economic demise. Everyday people that go to work and recieve vacation pay, health care and other benefits forget who fought for and even died for the benefits they enjoy.

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Jul-26-13 11:31 AM

Tough cookies union people. Get over it.

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Jul-26-13 10:53 AM

The decline in the middle class directly correlated with the decline of the unions in America. I have a better suggestion for saving money, universal health care. US companies are at a disadvantage form all other companies operating in the developed world, because they cover health care. Everyone else has universal coverage. They could save the money that way. Better yet, quit sending jobs to third world countries that allow near slave wages, wouldn't you agree, DKexpat? And give more to workers and less to bloated CEO's.

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Jul-26-13 8:31 AM

Where is all the manufacturing growth these days? In states with low tax burdens AND right-to-work laws AND at-will employment laws.

Aerospace – look at Boeing (South Carolina), GE (North Carolina), Airbus (Alabama). Automobiles – look at Toyota (Kentucky), Honda (Alabama), Nissan (Tennessee), BMW (South Carolina), Volkswagen/Audi (Tennessee), Mercedes (Alabama).

All open shops - the growth is in areas where non-union labor is the norm.

If manufacturers can save 15-25% in labor costs + pay lower state taxes + have the states, themselves, throw incentive after incentive at companies to relocate there, why would NYS even appear on their radar?

(Oh, that’s right – tax-free zones on/near college campuses – now THAT’LL bring ‘em in...)

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