Re: "Right-to-work has benefits for many" (letter, 3-14).
Having union contractual agreements between employers and employees, including negotiated wages, without having to pay union dues is like the uninsured motorist who claims all the rights and privileges of driving without the financial obligation of auto insurance. When he has an accident, everyone else gets to pay except him.
Legislation that brought everyone more safety in the workplace, child labor laws, the 40-hour work week, industrial insurance and more resulted from union activity that included the expense of union membership dues, spilled blood and loss of life.
As the letter writer stated, "the costs of living are lower" in right-to-work states. That's true for a very good reason: more lower-paying jobs.
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The goal of unionism is to better the safety and working conditions of the workplace, to give the worker a decent living wage and to raise the standards of living for everyone.
Right-to-work legislation is a step backwards, not forwards, for the American worker and society as a whole.