The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 25, 2014

Your View: False label

WEBB CITY, Mo. — In a recent letter responding to a guest column by Joan Banks (Globe, April 6) on right-to-work, John Bass claims that if the falsely labeled right-to-work legislation were law, people would choose to join or not to join a union purely based on the “worker’s best interest.”

To help clarify this issue, let’s look at it another way. We pay taxes to support our various levels of government. We have no individual choice in whether to pay those taxes. But if we could choose not to pay those taxes, most of us would not. It would clearly make sense economically for us, individually. It would not mean that we were not patriotic or that we don’t appreciate the services provided by the government.

However, if most of us made that choice, the result would be that we would not have the services the government provides — specifically, the military that defends us, roads we travel to move goods and services, schools to teach our children, first responders to help us in emergencies, food inspectors to protect our health, etc.

If unions are unable to collect dues (taxes), not only would it be unfair to those who pay their dues, the support system unions provide — which results in workers having decent wages, health insurance, increased safety and excellent training programs — would ultimately become unfunded and thus fall apart. That is precisely what the falsely labeled right-to-work supporters are counting on happening to unions.

Krista Stark

Webb City

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