Unions' wake-up call
With the recent change in Michigan, citizens now have the simple freedom to choose. This should have been guaranteed all along by our Constitution but wasn't.
Why should any American be forced to join a union or any other organization just to get a job? And why should those who choose not to join still be required to pays dues anyway? Just think how sick those two statements sound.
I never thought that Michigan would ever go for the right-to-work law. Then I thought about this big movement by the unions to get members with a simple election form. No secret ballet? I think this might have been the silent wake-up call for a lot of people.
It reminded them of the old union intimidation tactics, the bullying and thuggery. No one should be forced to join any organization or give any sort of kickback to secure a job. Our government has an obligation to protect our citizens on this issue, not aid the unions just to get money and votes.
John W. Newhouse
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