Say no to right-to-work

  • Article by: AARON SOJOURNER
  • Updated: February 18, 2012 - 4:28 PM

This state is doing quite well without such a policy, and talk about freedom (which workers already have) is meant to mislead and divide.

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lancairFeb. 18, 12 4:48 PM

Somehow productivity needs to be tied to higher wages. Why should the best worker who outworks the rest gets the same wage as the worst? I'd rather be on 100% commission than an hour wage and I am.

nekidjaybirdFeb. 18, 12 4:58 PM

"We enjoy a higher standard of living, stronger economic growth, a better education system and a more promising strategic position for the future."

There is no proof that this is the result of unions. In fact, saying we have a better education system when you look at the MSP schools is really stretching it. Even liberal Steve Jobs said that unions were destroying the public schools.

pdxtranFeb. 18, 12 5:14 PM

My grandfather once told me about a strike that he was involved in. Some of his fellow workers loudly proclaimed that they didn't believe in striking and that they were just fine as they were, so they scabbed during the strike. But you'd better believe that they accepted the higher wages and benefits that were the result of the strike.

twilitezoneFeb. 18, 12 5:50 PM

"Somehow productivity needs to be tied to higher wages". It is. productivity has increased because of technology and those that have developed it have profited from it. productivity has not increased because people are working harder.

allforone14Feb. 18, 12 5:56 PM

I have to believe once Minnesotans are educated about what "right to work" really is, they will emphatically reject it. I wish the legislature would concentrate on creating more jobs and less time on their extreme agenda.

luscofuscoFeb. 18, 12 6:21 PM

We enjoy a higher standard of living, stronger economic growth, a better education system and a more promising strategic position for the future." This is more Minnesotan Ethnocentric reverberation stemming from the source of the unions...the old maxim where everything that works elsewhere..does not work here!still runs through the grapevine here!. It is as if they figured out that ..there is cracks in the veneer and the questions are mounting daily..You have to realize , that the world is not stuck in the 30's anymore?...the union chaps will accept what they can to ..keep working!..RTW is just aconcept and out east with a mixture of RTW states and FTB has to look at the compromise..

twilitezoneFeb. 18, 12 6:23 PM

"have to believe once Minnesotans are educated about what "right to work" really is, they will emphatically reject it --- Doubtful. A “Right-to-Work” state is a state that forbids workers from being fired for non-payment of union dues or fees. Everyone should have the right to work without being forced to join a union.

luscofuscoFeb. 18, 12 6:25 PM

higher wages ? is usually that wages are seldom to go up!..standard COL probably,but it is tied to being told by someone that in your job, you do not have to be accountable for anything..this will tell you, that if you except this..except the wages..and don't sweat it!

reidFeb. 18, 12 6:29 PM

The problem with the professor's argument about comparing the fate of states' outcomes by comparing states is the implicit assumption that a state is equal in talent, in resources, in infrastructure so the playing field is level. Who would have thought, before the recession of this magnitude, that housing prices in every reach of this country, would be so hard hit, not just the glitzy areas where fools fell to speculation? Who would have thought our pension plans would be severely undercut and the dream of our children having better lives than us, as was our parents' and grandparents' dreams were also destine to failure? If the professor wishes to fine tune the analysis, then perhaps a very careful comparison of like-for-like jobs could be done, if they indeed exist. Hard to find a steel mill hereabouts, or a silicon valley environment to compare. Or if the winds of change severely damage the outlook for a defense contractor, is that to blame for being in a union or not? If the federal law that was touted allowing people to either join a union or not was so universal, why did teachers in many Wisconsin schools NOT have the option of going without their union dues being deducted? If I'm looking at a service, I hope to know the value I'll get for my money and proof that my expectations are being met. If I'm flush, I might be generous to give my business to a friend and pay an extra amount beyond what it might be had for elsewhere. In tough times with belt tightening and in order to keep from shuttering my place of business, I might have to forgo those years of loyalty and for economic reasons alone, choose the lesser priced but adequate service. I leave it to the unions, in the setting of a right to work environment, to earn their dues and make for a setting that workers are eager to join. So far, I've seen little or none of that, and mainly obstructionism, increasing the cost for all.

regionguyFeb. 18, 12 7:35 PM

Reid, I'm not quite sure what you mean by your references to a steel mill and to a Silicon Valley environment. There has been a steel mill in St Paul for decades (unless it recently closed down), and you can do a comparison of the medical-device industry here to that of other areas.


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