Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


December 12, 2012

In Your View


ASHLAND — Right to work laws costly to workers

I’m writing in regards to the “right to work” law in Michigan that was approved Tuesday.

Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, endorsed the bill so that the non-union employees would not have to pay the unions for the service of negotiating contracts and other services.

If not the unions, who will be negotiating for them? Who will be talking to their employers about their living wages and health benefits and pensions ?

I asked my wife if she knew what a “living wage” was? She said, “Not really.”  I told her it’s a wage that you are paid that’s good enough for you to “live” comfortably on in your community that includes health care insurance and also a pension for when you retire.

Again I ask who is going to be negotiating your living wage for you if the “right to work” law is adopted in your state? I will tell you who: your employer! There will be no negotiating. They will simply tell you what they are going to pay you.

Under “right to work” you would be by yourself negotiating for yourself. How much do you think you will get for yourself by yourself?

If you’re blessed enough to have a good caring employer, then thank God for them for they are very few. If they were all that way, we wouldn’t need union help.

Do you want to turn back the clock to those days without any help whatsoever? A divided house will fall, and that’s what their plan is to divide the house to make us individualized.

It’s easier to tear one sheet of paper than a whole stack of papers. And that’s what they want.

Terry D. Sexton, Grayson

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