Letter: Failure to communicate on right-to-work

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Failure to communicate on right-to-work

I called my representative in the New Hampshire House, Republican John Valera, to discuss the upcoming vote on so-called right-to-work legislation. We spoke for about 10 minutes; he did 95 percent of the talking.

I asked him three times to explain his understanding of why some voters were urging him to oppose this legislation, and he was unable to do so.

He several times said “no one should be made to join a union – it’s personal liberty.” He hung up on me, saying, “If you disagree, then don’t vote for me.” (I won’t.)

No one is forced to join any union. Workers in a venue where some employees are union members and others not are required to pay what’s called “agency fees” to contribute to costs relevant to negotiating wages and benefits for workers. Both union members and non-members benefit from these actions. Is it fair that the non-members get something for nothing?

The agency fees, by the way, are less than 1 per cent of the worker’s wages.

I hope the other representatives in Concord at least understand the issues better than Rep. Valera. If they do, they will vote against this bill.

Mike Bradley