Letter: Union busting

Published: 1/8/2017 12:01:11 AM
Union busting

We keep hearing that New Hampshire wants to attract the kind of businesses that will be inviting to high-skilled workers and give a generation of young people a reason to stay here.

Why then, are our legislators supporting attacks on our workforce? Do we really want the kind of businesses attracted by a right-to-work (for less) law and a minimum wage that guarantees poverty?

You will hear lots of nice-sounding libertarian rhetoric that nobody should be forced to join an organization they don’t believe in or be required to pay money to such an organization.

What unions call a “fair share” or “agency fee” does not make anyone a union member. It means they pay for probably the most important service available to working people: organizing the power of democracy in the workplace. It enables us to substitute collective bargaining for individual begging. When negotiated between labor and management, paying the fee to cover the costs of negotiating and enforcing a contract becomes a condition of employment. Those philosophically opposed or too cheap to invest in themselves can find plenty of non-union workplaces.

A major reason working families are under such economic stress is that organized labor has been in decline in recent decades. Recognize right-to-work for what it is, a union-busting effort by out-of-state corporate-backed organizations that want to see the lion’s share of wealth flow to the 1 percent.

We can’t build an economy that works for middle-class families by stiffing working people.

JOHN CORRIGAN

Penacook


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