Regarding state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe's letter “Voter ID & unions” : He's wrong about state employees being used to finance union political activities.
Rep. Metcalfe stated he is merely “protecting the taxpayers” from unions by sponsoring “right to work” laws and stopping the unions from collecting dues from their state employees. But Metcalfe omitted that there is already a Supreme Court ruling on this: Any union member can opt out of paying dues for political purposes but is required to pay dues for benefits received from collective bargaining.
Taxpayers do not “finance” unions; members pay for their union.
Republican politicians want to end union involvement in politics. Look at Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee. He told Volkswagen plant employees in Chattanooga that the company would assemble a new SUV there if they rejected representation by the United Auto Workers. Wrong. VW quickly said the workers' vote would have no bearing on manufacturing the SUV there.
Like Metcalfe, Corker wants to muzzle unions because unions won't support him.
Peter Morici's column “Unions Must Change to Survive” stated: “Unions would do better to burnish their image by becoming less confrontational.” Really? Why should unions turn the other cheek when people like Metcalfe brag that it's an “honor” to be inducted into the state AFL-CIO's “Hall of Shame” and misinform about taxpayers financing unions.
People like Metcalfe and Corker represent the people who sign the front of your paycheck; unions represent the person who signs the back of it. It's that simple.