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Anti-union, again

| Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

There you go again, VND — yet another anti-union editorial ( “Another union racket: End It With HB 1507” ).

The VND's corporate parent, Trib Total Media Inc., has disliked unions for as long as I can remember. It has long supported right-to-work (for less) laws and supported enacting them in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 1507 would eliminate payroll deductions of union dues for workers. This legislation was inspired — and is being used as retaliation — by anti-union forces. These people hate the continued support from unions for better wages for everyone, including nonunion workers.

The supposed reason to support this bill is to “protect” union workers from having their union dues used for political purposes. This is hogwash. You don't hear very many union members complaining about their dues being used to protect them in Washington and Harrisburg.

Union dues paid for my training as a USW legislative activist in Washington, and it was money well spent. I attended weekly meetings at AFL-CIO headquarters and received information on the coming week's anti-union legislation.

So when the VND says unions are bad, don't put any trust in it. The paper doesn't support the average worker.

Raymond Anthony

Fawn

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