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Right to Work

January 7, 2013

Dear editor: Shame on Kathy Rapp. By sticking with her party on right to work, she sounds just like those fools in Congress. She needs to think for herself....

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Brazil

Jan-09-13 9:45 AM

1) You might want to tell Newport News that the Ship building industry is gone. 2)Unions have good and bad to them and so does management which got lazy and is the primary reason we lost out on many industries. The overriding factor isn't Unions though, it is that we could not compete with wages that were a small percentage of the minimum wage in the USA which were and are being paid throughout Asia and Latin America. People migrated to Toyotas and Hondas because American auto executives fell asleep at the wheel 3) If there was ever an example of a company being sunk because of an over his head CEO and incompetent consultants it is Blair. What went on there in the time period of 2002-2006 should be documented in textbooks. 4) Executive pay is up 725% from 1978 to 2011 while worker pay is up 5.7% during the same time frame. So please don't tell me workers couldn't use some advocacy. The stench of greed in this Country is undeniable.

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OldWarrener

Jan-09-13 12:45 PM

Dear Brazil, Let's be honest, There is no meaningful ship building going on in this country unless contracted by the the government. Commercial ships; Cruise Liners, tankers, cargo long gone.

Management in any company can and do make mistakes. Detroit did get lazy, but they also are forced to make decisions under duress. People buy on perceived quality and relative price. Toyota never experienced union workers hanging coke bottles from strings in unreachable body sections of a car during assembly (causing an unresolvable rattle) Toyota has a $700 per unit retirement burden built into each vehicle, GM upwards of $1,700. GM is the single largest buyer of ****** in the world. GM had, (perhaps still does) rubber room where union workers showed up everyday to sit. They didn't work they just got paid to show up vs. being laid off. These rooms resulted from contracts the Management had to sign in order to keep plants running. All Mgt's fault.

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OldWarrener

Jan-09-13 12:48 PM

So all can see the **** is Vi, ag, ra

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Riggle

Jan-10-13 3:12 PM

Watched it wherever I worked over the years. The guy who was always sliding in the office to make the other worker look bad to his advantage. Few companies ever compensate workers voluntarily, if ever. Unions didn't force anyone off-shore. Greed and NAFTA sent our jobs overseas. Even minimum wages were too much for companies who got the advantage to get people to work for pennies instead of dollars through legislators paid off by lobbyists. Who does Rapp represent, anyway?

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