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February 1, 2013

Dear editor: You bunch of politicians who are pushing this Right to Work bill better stop and look in the mirror and ask yourself what harm you are doing to the middle class....

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Feb-01-13 10:52 AM

Carl, You presented the case exactly as it is. Legislators like Rapp and Metcalf are of the opinion that they don't have to represent the ordinary citizen; taking Corbett's anti-citizen stance. It is past time to replace these legislators who will take your voting rights, your right to organize, your right to protect your property from drillers, and women's rights all in one feld swoop.

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Feb-01-13 10:58 AM

Agree, agree, agree

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Feb-01-13 1:02 PM

All she has to do is scare the devil out of her "base" with gun control, and she can get everyone to vote contrary to any other issue which is in their best interest. Collective bargaining, education, access to healthcare, social security, veteran support.... Too many to mention.

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Feb-01-13 1:49 PM

Sorry to rain on your parade of slamming Republicans, but the un-employment office offers retraining programs. Also, if you take classes at any acredited college, you can deduct from your income taxes the cost of your classes. And most employers offer cost pay back after you have compleated and passed the courses you chose. So get off your butt and attend and learn. Don't need a union for that!

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Feb-01-13 1:52 PM

Will agree with you on one thing, we need to eliminate the ability for congress to vote themselves a raise.

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Feb-01-13 2:03 PM

It used to be part of the American Dream to go to college. Now republicans are telling us that too many are going to college. Can't have it both ways.

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Feb-01-13 2:34 PM

If legislators had to partake in the same programs as the ordinary people do, they would be less inclined to detrimentally change those programs that would also affect their lives--both state legislators and federal congressional representatives.

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Feb-01-13 4:18 PM

I have a question for a teacher or anyone to answer. Is there any way for a teacher to negotiate for themself, divest their interests from that of the bargaining unit, and then not be responsible for fairshare?

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Feb-02-13 10:24 AM

Right on, Carl. The fact of the matter is that union jobs support middle-class families. Despite what Republicans and anti-union propagandists want you to believe, no one is getting rich working for a union. The middle class is the motor that drives the U.S. economy. Destroy the middle class, cripple the country.

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Feb-02-13 11:29 AM

"Who will fight for us?" YOu mean, "Who will keep handing us other people's money so we can live high on the hog while not working vEry hard and preventing employers from firing druggies, lazy people and incompetent prigs." Unions fight for the UNION LEADERS, that's who.

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Feb-02-13 7:12 PM

Ask a question and get a disagree??? I was looking for an answer. Guess I'll look it up myself.

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Feb-02-13 8:01 PM

"The middle class is the motor that drives the U.S. economy"...and unions are what is driving the U.S. economy overseas. How many of you "union" folks refuse to buy products made with cheap labor in third world countries. Who among you opts for the more expensive U.S. Union-made products? Can you say hypoctite? I knew you could.

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Feb-02-13 10:39 PM

Love the tough talking posters who don't have the cojones to post under their real names. How many union jobs represent the manufacturing sector? A minority. Overwhelmingly, the unions in this country represent the service sector jobs, you know, the ones who teach your kids, patrol your streets, fight your fires, staff your that most people can't or won't do. Besides, union membership has been on the decline for the last four decades, so "RTW" or no, you may get your wish eventually. And if you're naive enough to think that "druggies, lazy people and incompetent prigs" only work for unions, I've got a bridge to sell you. As for hypocrites, your gal Kathy Rapp is one of the highest order.

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Feb-03-13 7:00 PM

Well, I appreciate your opinion RS, but I also note that you side-stepped my question entirely. Straight up, do you refuse to purchase cheap imports in favor of US union-made products, given the option?

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Feb-04-13 11:07 AM

Hi "St0newa11", thanks for your comment. To answer your question bluntly, yes and no. When given a choice, I'll opt for American made products over cheaper, but usually just as serviceable imports. Whether they are union made or not is debatable - as I stated, there are scant little union-made consumer goods available to purchase. Now, if you are refering to autos( I assume that you are not, owing to your choice of the term "cheaper imports"), maybe a better way to frame your question would be "union-made" vs. "union-assembled". As it is, I own a so-called "foreign" car, with a higher percetage of American-made parts than does my union-assembled "American" car. I hope that answers your question. Another question for you:as I'd pointed out earlier, the majority of unions represent service jobs, jobs that are often dangerous or that involve a degree of risk. Your bias seems to be against union-based manufacturing, jobs that wou

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Feb-04-13 11:17 AM

would be considered "small business" i.e; jobs employing a few to several hundred workers. Do you begrudge these service jobs that represent thousands the right to organize? And when I see you in Wal Mart filling your cart, can you assure me that you've inspected those products for a "Made in U.S.A." tag? You weren't one of those folks driving around with a "Romney" sticker on your Subaru this fall, were you? Thanks for the exchange.

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Feb-04-13 12:01 PM

Sometimes I wonder how union nuts get so far off base. The only thing any corporation owes the employee is a paycheck for hours worked, nothing else. Those of us who have seen unions destroy millions of dollars of property or pull a lsow down strike because they couldn't have a certain sandwich machine in their break room know a unions worth. DOWN WITH ALL UNIONS.

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Feb-04-13 12:35 PM

@reasonrules-methinks you deal in hyperbole a bit much. Do you really expect me to believe that you have no benefits, no paid time off, etc. If that is so, I'm sorry.There's a union job, heck, a private sector job with those benefits out there somewhere for ya. If you DO receive any of these benefits, then put your money where your mouth is and tell your employer, "No thanks, I'll just take the paycheck!" P.S. Just change your "handle" to "DOWN WITH ALL UNIONS".

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Feb-04-13 8:48 PM

RS, SINCERE thank you for engaging in CIVIL discourse here. I like the adult level interaction without the sticks and stones. To answer your ??s, No, I do not drive a Subaru. I'm a staunch GM kind of guy. No, no Romney stickers on my bumpers. I learned my lesson in the 2008 election when I had a John McCain license plate on my vehicle, which led to it being vandalized by a coward who couldn't otherwise uphold his/her side of a debate. Yes, I spend a lot of time at WallyWorld. I do try to buy American-made products when available. I despise the notion that we must become a global economy, AND seeing the mandatory spanish on virtually every product on the shelves. Backing up a bit, I resent the FACT that the UAW adds at least $2k to the cost of my GM vehicle. Good day to you.

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