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UNIONS: Laws on the books now protect workers

Letter by David C. Woods, University Place on March 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm | 79 Comments »
March 14, 2011 1:25 pm

It’s a shame that the public worker’s unions in Wisconsin have lost their collective bargaining rights. Now they are going to have to live just like me and the 93 percent of the private-sector workers who are not unionized.

This country has survived and even thrived without collective bargaining for the majority of us in the private sector. I doubt that the public workers in Wisconsin will suffer much due to this “setback.”

At one time, unions were absolutely necessary to protect workers against unscrupulous employers that made them work long hours without decent pay. But those days are pretty much gone now. We have many laws and regulations on the books to protect workers.

There is a need for unions in some private-sector industries, but I still am trying to figure out the need to unionize public workers. They work for the government, and thus are protected by these laws and regulations.

Seems to me the only reason public employee unions still exist is due to the strong bond between the unions and the Democratic Party. It’s a “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch your back” mentality, and a recipe for corruption. It’s time this came to an end.

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