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Opinion

December 14, 2012

Right-to-work law means lower wages

To the editor:

The governor of Michigan is in favor of a bill called the right-to-work law, which is just another scheme to destroy unions that protect workers’ wages and benefits.

If the law is passed, the workers will no longer be able to bargain with the employers concerning hourly pay. The salaries will be reduced, which will further erode the middle class that has taken a big hit with the millions of good-paying jobs going overseas to slave labor.

Another example of non-union protection is the practice of laying off employees who have worked at a plant for up to 30 years and reached the top of the pay scale, to be laid off and be replaced with workers getting paid a minimum wage. The laid-off workers have a very difficult time finding another job with their ages being a factor against them. Often if they can find work, it is at a much lower wage that doesn’t match their living expenses to cover basic needs.

The right-to-work law needs to be abolished. Are we heading back to a serf society?

Beverly Brown

Newburyport

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