The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 5, 2013

Destroying unions will destroy middle class


Right-to-work laws lower wages for union and non-union workers alike and further reduce personal incomes which has a negative impact on our already struggling economy. Additionally, right-to-work laws often result in poorer, less safe working environments leading to increased employee injuries.

Clearly the beneficiaries of these "right-to-work-for-less" laws are not the employees, but the employers. That is why they are championed by employer organizations such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, and the PA Manufacturer's Association.

Finally, there is no evidence that a state becomes more attractive to business simply by having a right-to-work law. In fact, higher-wage, high-tech firms generally prefer non-right-to-work states.

Unions were responsible for the rise of the middle class. With union membership at an all-time low, the middle class is in also in steep decline. Continuing to destroy unions will continue to destroy the middle class which appears to be the goal of our new robber barons.

David B. Kyle,

New Columbia

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