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Letter: High court should ban mandatory union dues

High court should ban mandatory union dues

The U.S. Supreme Court, before it recesses for the summer, hopefully will make the correct decision in a California lawsuit by ruling in favor of an open shop to eliminate mandatory union dues from workers’ paychecks.

The mandatory union dues (closed shop) paid by individuals have caused many problems, i.e., raising costs for production.

I personally worked for both shops. The closed shop could not afford all the labor costs, and had to go out of business. After being laid off, I worked at a non-union company. The rate of pay was equal to the closed shop rate, including health insurance.

One of the reasons the closed shop closed was low production. I always believed you work for eight hours to get eight hours’ pay. That was not the case at the closed shop company. Another problem was absenteeism. Every day, at least 10 percent of the workers did not show up for work.

All the people who are dues-payers should try starting their own business and realize what it is like to work hard and eliminate waste. I did that for 30-plus years and enjoyed working, and giving all my customers a quality job and on time.

At one time, I believed unions served a purpose. Not anymore; they always want and will not give up anything when corporations negotiate. A very good example of union power is the teachers. They have tenure, plus the union behind them, on any attempt to eliminate dead wood.

Hopefully, if the case is settled, many more companies will follow suit.

Lawrence Nieciepozeski