- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
Union dues like subdivision dues
In response to an Associated Press article titled "Mo. lawmaker proposes statewide vote on union jobs," it is only fair to point out that this proposal would reduce the wages of all Missourians, not just union workers.
Right-to-work (for less) would allow workers in unionized facilities to avoid paying dues to cover the cost of their representation. In practical terms, these workers would receive union negotiated benefits while sticking their co-workers with the cost of negotiating those same benefits.
A comparison could be made to the freeloader that buys a house in a subdivision knowing there are neighborhood association dues to maintain the streets, parks and other amenities and then not paying the dues owed.
Just as all of the neighborhood property values would decline as the streets and parks fell into disrepair because our freeloading neighbor refused to pay his dues, wages and benefits would decline in the workplace. As the "good jobs" pay less, other workplaces discover they can pay less, and all of us will take a pay cut.
That's why union and nonunion workers in states free from right-to-work (for less) laws earn $5,000 more in wages and salaries than workers in right-to work (for less) states according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Is a $5,000 cut in pay your idea of economic progress?
Let's hope Sen. Crowell has better ideas than reducing wages for Missouri workers while encouraging unaccountable freeloaders.
DARIN GILLEY, Pacific, Mo.