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Tag: unions

April
1st

TACOMA: City wrongly embroiled in union battle

Re: The sale of two lots to the Murano Hotel (TNT, 3-30).

Hopefully something positive will come out of the unfortunate mess that the City of Tacoma became embroiled in when a past City Council, without thinking wisely, became involved in a union battle connected to negotiations between the Hotel Murano and Hollander Investments.

Hotel developer issues and issues concerning the unions should not be the obligation of the City Council to solve.  Business negotiations should be between the parties involved – in this case it was between Hollander Investments and Hotel Murano – and then resolved if necessary

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Feb.
21st

LABOR: Seeking just wage isn’t an ‘adaptive strategy’

Re: “Small votes show direction of organized labor” (Richard S. Davis column, 2-19).

No language, including the language of labor rights, is neutral. The relationship between language and power is real and it is clear whose side Davis is on. In his column, he needlessly rushes to the aid of union busters by cloaking his anti-workers’ rights screed in a language so platitudinized it hardly carries any meaning.

His piece is peppered with clinical abstractions to explain away the exploitative practices of the corporate class and their outrageous fortunes. To Davis, Boeing’s latest round of extortion against its machinists

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Dec.
30th

TACOMA: Unions, politicians have cozy relationship

If you haven’t heard the term “Labor-Electoral Complex” yet, you have certainly heard of all of the local governments across the United States that have filed for bankruptcy as a result. Simply put, it is the cozy relationship between public unions and local politicians coined by New York City’s departing mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Is Tacoma next?

Public unions endorse and fund campaigns of politicians who, in turn, reward those public unions with higher pay and pension benefits. Tacoma can’t afford to fix its roads and fund other key infrastructures in order to lure new business if a large share of

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Dec.
6th

UNIONS: Members are not being coerced

Re: “Union workers coerced into political positions” (Viewpoint, 12-5).

The writer makes it sound as if union members have no say as to how their dues money is spent. Nothing could be further from the truth. At every turn, union members are asked to approve any and all expenditures by a vote of the membership. As with any organization, members agree to abide by the wishes of the majority. This is democracy.

One may disagree with the majority but that does not constitute coercion.

Union representatives cannot and do not unilaterally fund the campaigns of political candidates without the

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Nov.
18th

BOEING: Union mentality reminiscent of Detroit

It appears that the union thinking of Detroit’s auto workers of the past has been duplicated in our fair state, as exhibited by the recent rejection of Boeing’s contract offer.

The failure of those auto workers then to face economic reality resulted in the collapse of an industry that few people had envisioned and which required the U.S. government (actually, the U.S. taxpayers) to rescue. Is that what the union members at Boeing want for Washington?

Some of these workers claim that they voted for the rejection to “protect our children and grandchildren who may wish to be employed by

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Aug.
1st

ELECTION: Vote for Angel in the 26th District

I think almost all would like to see efficient, effective state government. The one big exception is the SEIU union bosses. They want more union dues, higher pay and less work per union member. They are involved in the political process, elections, so they can get their puppets into office.

Many cities and counties have gone bankrupt due to these puppet politicians. Detroit is an example of the most recent case.

We now have an election in the 26th Legislative District for state senator. The incumbent, Nathan Schlicher, gets a 100 percent rating from the union bosses. His opponent, state

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July
2nd

LABOR: No one’s forced to take a union job

Re: “Washington’s workers deserve to know what rights they have” (Viewpoint, 6-28).

Maxford Nelsen described a horrific scene. Innocent people are threatened to fill out a job application. Next, they’re coerced into attending a job interview and told to sign the employment papers, or else. Finally, they’re frog marched in shackles to a workplace chafing under deplorable conditions.

Yes, another poor soul is “forced” to work under a union.

I’ve worked under both situations, and each has its pluses and minuses. I’ve asked people why they are working under a union when they strongly disagree with the concept. They

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June
28th

LABOR: Union jobs provide better pay, benefits

Re: “Washington’s workers deserve to know what rights they have” (Viewpoint, 6-28).

Maxford Nelsen’s article got me going. The worker has a right to choose to work at a union-negotiated job or at one that is not unionized. Most would join the union for the benefits and good wages.

My union gives to political organizations that further its agenda; so do business interests. Nelsen’s statement, “Unions are political animals,” should have also stated, “So is business.” They all contribute to political organizations to further their agendas.

I’m retired and still pay dues (my choice) for those supporting a better

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