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Stop union bullying

Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Carlos Acosta repeatedly disparages right-to-work laws by calling them right-to-work-for-less laws (It’s Your Write, June 22). Is this the union’s new bullying tactic?

In 1935, my father began working for a Cicero factory as a quality control inspector. He measured presses to within 1/1,000 of an inch or smaller using micrometers. He was so good that auto body and heavy equipment companies requested him because they knew the presses would be correct. My Dad was compensated for his worth.

In 1946, the unions came with pay scales. My father would be on a ladder measuring presses that were two stories tall while the other top-level inspectors sat around drinking coffee and measuring small parts.

My father loathed unions. Unions discourage personal achievement by forcing workers to comply with union rules. Workers cannot deviate from union bargaining on pay, vacation, lunchtimes and sick time.

Due to unions, Dad lost his right to bargain as an individual for his own worth. After 45 years, he retired early at 63 because the union had destroyed his motivation. Why didn’t he quit when the company was unionized? Because he already had 11 years seniority and, at that time, people stayed at one job until retirement.

Unions take away a person’s individuality and desire to achieve their own potential. Unions pay and bus outside demonstrators to bully and picket non-union companies. Unions do not champion but enfeeble the working class. In the 2012 elections, unions gave over $61 million to Democrats and $6 million to Republicans. Stop union bullying in November.  

Gail Rose


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