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Michigan’s “right to work” law and unions today (2 letter) | eLetters — The Denver Post

Re: “Right-to-work dilemma,” Dec. 14 Charles Krauthammer column.

Charles Krauthammer writes that global economic changes are forcing union members to choose between lower-paying jobs and no jobs. However, what he overlooks is an explanation why the costs of these economic changes must fall so disproportionately on the working class.

A 2011 Congressional Budget Office report on income distribution trends between 1979 and 2007 documents how the top fifth of income earners increased their share of the national income by 10 percent during those years while everyone else gave up 2 to 3 percent.

During these global economic changes, the well-to-do have managed to funnel more of the national income into their pockets and away from the workers. For Krauthammer to justify why the workers of the country must bear the burden of these changes when the wealthy do not exposes a fundamental unfairness.

Douglas WilleyThornton

This letter was published in the Dec. 22 edition.


The debate over the value of unions in America goes on and on, but certainly the statistics show that the unions are not winning the debate. The Michigan decision to go to “right to work” is further evidence of who is winning. As a liberal I support the union movement, but there have been times when I have not agreed with the actions of a particular union. Liberals and unions should accept that another option is for the union, when it makes sense, to consider buying the company from the owner(s) and running the company. I have been an owner in the past and I know what it feels like when your employees just presume you are rich.

Dick Peterson, Denver

The writer is director of operations for the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center.

This letter was published in the Dec. 22 edition.

Michigan’s “right to work” law and unions today (2 letter) | eLetters — The Denver Post.

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