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It is unfair for non dues-paying workers to benefit from unions

To The Daily Sun,

Any individual seeking employment has the freedom of choice to apply for employment with any company whether the employer is unionized or not. Prospective employees have always had a right to work. Recently, letter writers have expounded on the pros and cons of union membership, due-paying employees or non-member.

In our opinion, representation is necessary whenever the employee is not observed by or able to speak directly with the individuals who have the authority to hire, fire, increase or decrease wages or benefits. A representative form of employment is comparable to a representative form of government.

A business may be a union shop or non-union shop. When representation becomes necessary a company is petitioned to form a union. What is optional, but not discussed, as a compromise, is an "agency shop."

Agency Shop Agreements: An agency shop agreement is a type of collective agreement that requires employers to deduct an agreed agency fee from the wages of workers who are not members of the trade union. The aim of an agency shop is to ensure that non-union workers, who nevertheless benefit from the union's bargaining efforts, make a contribution toward those efforts.

An agency shop is a workplace where even if workers do not join the union, they must still pay the equivalent of dues to the union. In collective bargaining agreements with an agency shop provision, non-members of a union are required to pay the membership fee or a representation fee for contract negotiations, administration, and grievance processing. Payment of the membership or representation fees often becomes a condition of employment and those who refuse to pay are subject to discharge.

In accordance with the law, the exclusive bargaining agent must represent all employees in the unit whether they are members of the union or not. It is unfair for nonmembers to receive free these few benefits that dues-paying members receive. Under federal law, agency shop fee payers may request a refund of any part of their agency shop fee which "represents the employee's pro-rata share of expenditures in aid of activities or causes of a political or ideological nature only incidentally related to terms and conditions of employment."

A right to work law is a bad law.

Thomas A. Tardif

Life member IBEW


David M. McNamara

Life member IBEW


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Only GOP can roll back dictatorial practices of the Democrats

To The Daily Sun,

Has anyone heard of professor Lawrence Tribe, the nation's foremost, liberal constitutional scholar, according to many in the know? According to Ron Arnold, executive vice president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, professor Tribe "literally wrote the book on constitutional law and has argued in front of the Supreme Court at least 34 times."

Well, Tribe was President Obama's mentor, hiring him as a research assistant after being enamored by Obama's intelligence, curiosity and maturity. Interestingly, Mr. Arnold says Professor Tribe has a weird family history that may be more unusual than Mr. Obama's. In November 1989, Tribe's article on "The Curvature of Constitutional Space" appeared in the Harvard Law Review and was subsequently cited by 200 law periodicals and cited by four courts, according to Mr. Arnold. Professor Tribe cited Barack Obama for his "analytic and research assistance", which apparently guaranteed that Obama would graduate magna cum laude, which guaranteed his subsequent selection as president of the Harvard Law Review.

Recently, Professor Tribe has sided with the coal industry due to his utter dismay at his prized students executive overreach by way of the EPA's clean power mandate that he says is unconstitutional. This contempt of law by the EPA appears to violate the Constitution's Article I, Article II, separation of powers and the Tenth and Fifth amendments. This is no surprise to many of the letter writers in The Sun who have complained about the EPA becoming a rogue, lawless agency.

This brings to mind another liberal law professor, one Jonathan Turley of Georgetown University. He spoke out last November about President Obama's executive order, effectively legalizing 5 million illegal immigrants, as Katie Pavlich reminds us. Professor Turley said at that time, "What I'm hearing certainly causes great concern that he will again violate the separation of powers." "What the President is suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of the Constitution." He goes on to remind us that the separation of powers is there to protect liberty and not the three branches of government.

Professor Turley said that he often has told his Democratic Party friends, "We will rue the day when we helped create this uber presidency." "What the Democrats are creating is something very, very dangerous. They're creating a president who can go at it alone and to go at it alone is something that is the very danger that the framers sought to avoid in our Constitution."

Here we have two liberal professors who nevertheless have the integrity to speak out against our "uber liberal" president who arrogantly and boastfully said he has a pen and a phone and will go it alone if Congress won't acquiesce to his every power-grabbing wish (my frustrated words).

Heather MacDonald from the Manhattan Institute writes in Hillsdale College's Imprimis magazine: "The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness". She asserts that the lawlessness has now risen to the point where "we have a constitutional crisis going on". There is the common thread woven by these three people who actually believe that our Constitution is still relevant and deserves our eternal devotion. Article 2, section 3 of the Constitution mandates that the president "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed". Ms. MacDonald reports that our president is fixing the absence of a law granting amnesty by making one up. "Arrogating to himself a function that the Constitution explicitly allocates to Congress."

Compare and contrast these two liberal professors with Vice President Joe Biden who remarked in awe, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American presidential candidate who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." And former Senate majority leader Harry Reid who remarked about Obama having "no Negro dialect". Two leaders of our country utterly lacking in substance and integrity. Professors Turley and Tribe give me hope that Obama and his unbridled hubris will turn out to be the "last madman of progressive liberalism in America."

Paul Revere warned us about the British coming to confiscate our wealth and tax us to death. Paul Revere of the Raiders was known as the "last madman of rock and roll". Hey, just for "kicks" let's elect a constitutionally conservative Republican in 2016 because I'm "hungry" — "for those good times, baby." "And when your world don't seem just right — and life's getting you uptight — you can change that wrong to right" — that would be a "good thing".
Please GOP, only you can roll back the dictatorial nature of the Democrats. That means you too will have to start acting like real honest to goodness conservatives and less like the big central planners that you have been recently.

Russ Wiles


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