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Letter: Thoughts on unions




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March 28, 2012 | 1,166 views | 1 comment

Editor:

Re. “A short history, and personal experience about unions,” March 21

Much of what Mr. Tracy Bogert says early in his column is correct; unions certainly did have their place. But from the mid-1900s, the unions, in many cases, have put a stranglehold on many businesses, especially with their demand for large benefit and wage packages. Many corporations now find that they simply can’t maintain a decent profit margin, as millions of workers have retired and are retiring, and those benefits have to be met. That means increased prices on products sold, or go out of business. I worked 46 years for the same small business of about 50 employees, all non-union. I retired at age 65 with a decent company-sponsored retirement plus my Social Security. During those 46 years, I worked 5- to 5-1/2-day weeks, sometimes longer, and always received overtime for over 40 hours. Always got a one-hour lunch break, didn’t always take it, but that was my decision. I didn’t get the two breaks per day, but I didn’t want them, and received sick leave. That is five of the best of 36 in the column, and I would have been happy with that. The additional 31 listed were all mandated by the government, so most small businesses had to put them into effect.

Mr. Bogert, you are probably right, we probably can thank union folks for all those mandates, some of which are important, but many of which create a great burden on business. Somewhere along the way, we lost our personal responsibility and began to think someone else should pay the bill. It’s really this kind of thinking that has gotten us into this very deep hole and it is not going to be easy to get out. Way too many people now think the government owes them, and it’s not just a political party that is to blame. It is much about we the people.

CHARLES DONALD DENSON

St. Hedwig
 

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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
March 29, 2012 11:15am
 
I have always known that the people in St. Hedwig did more than sit in the St. Hedwig Club and sip a cool one. Good thoughtful article.

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