The letter “Voters elected Legislature, governor who favor right-to-work” (Aug. 10) from state Rep. John Wiemann contains so many inaccuracies it is difficult to know where to begin.
First, Rep. Wiemann’s claim that “right-to-work” is needed to prevent workers from being compelled to join unions is simply not true. The fact is that no one can be forced to become a union member. Moreover, because a union is required by law to represent all employees in a workplace, those who choose not to become members can only be required to pay union fees related to the costs of representation.
Second, the assertion that “right-to-work” will increase wages and job opportunities has been disproven by economic studies comparing states with such laws and states without them.
This success was not the result of the union bosses whom Rep. Wiemann attacks, but rather the actions of rank-and-file workers who know that “right-to-work” will result in a race to the bottom in regard to wages, benefits and workplace protections.
Finally, if, as Rep. Wiemann claims, “right-to-work” reflects the will of the people, why are its supporters trying so hard to keep it off the ballot?
Greg Campbell • Creve Coeur
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