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Right-to-work laws are a ploy to weaken unions

Before you allow corporate America to tell you why right-to-work laws are good for the country, let’s explore what it means to belong to a union. First off, a union must spend money to bargain a contract, file grievances and pay for arbitration when members have been treated unjustly by their employers. No one can run a business or household without income, and unions are the same. Unions sit and bargain a contract for their members along with work rules and safety standards. Just because a union bargains a contract does not mean it goes to the table and gets everything it wants. It is negotiated with the employer and it is a give-and-take situation. A CEO does the same thing when he gets a contract.

So, states with right-to-work laws say that you can work in a place that has a union, get the same rights and privileges as other dues-paying union members and the union must represent you, but you do not have to pay – it’s optional. So, you get to freeload off the backs of the dues-paying members.

These laws are nothing more than a ploy to weaken unions financially so they cannot stand up to corporate America and its abuses to all workers. Some argue dues should not be used to fund candidates. They cannot be used that way; it is a separate and optional fund a member contributes to. Statistics show that in right-to-work states, the people make less and have less than states that are not right-to-work. Billionaire groups like ALEC are behind this, telling everyone they should have the freedom to freeload. I think not.

Diana Butsch

West Falls