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Web letter by Michael Leach: Don’t want to work for a union shop? Don’t apply

How can state legislators keep attacking the working person? How many have ever worked for a union contractor and therefore to work benefit the majority of the citizens of Indiana?

I work for an union contractor. I knew when I went in the front door they were union. I knew when I went in the front door that I would have to pay union dues, that if I didn’t like the amount I was paying for union dues through collective bargaining I could negotiate a lower amount, that my union dues paid for the negotiations of my collective bargaining agreement, that my union dues paid for the salaries of my business agents and business manager, that my union dues paid for the building and utilities of the union hall, that my union had negotiated health and welfare coverage, that my union had negotiated pension coverage. If I didn’t want to pay union dues, I didn’t have to walk through the front door. If I didn’t want to pay union dues I would have climbed into my car and driven off.

We don’t need legislation to interfere with the workplace anymore then it already does. If Indiana has such an unfriendly environment for business, then why have Nestlé’s, Honda, Zone InfoTech and Litebox chosen to build and General Motors add a $230 million expansion in Indiana.

Indiana just announced it found $300 million that had been misdistributed that could have been used for teachers, firefighters and police officers. It could have been used to pay the state liability on civil service pensions, which is owed millions of dollars. But it appears the legislators were too engrossed in attacking the working person and not taking care of the business they were elected to perform. It was recently reported the state would have $1.6 billion in surplus, triggering a refund to its citizens. How many of the right to work for less states can say they have such a surplus?

To me it’s pretty simple. If you don’t want to pay union dues, don’t go and apply for a job where there’s a union.

Vote no on right to work.

MICHAEL E. LEACH SR.

Fort Wayne

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