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Letter: Who looks out for taxpayers?
First Published Jul 10 2014 05:04 pm • Last Updated Jul 10 2014 05:04 pm

I hope that the right-to-organize author ("Right to work vs. right to organize," July 3) does not burst a vein over the recent restriction on public unions. A key difference between private and public unions should be considered. Private unions have indeed provided a valuable service for workers over the years by strongly encouraging factory owners to offer fair wages and benefits. The factory owners have been forced to agree to share their profits with employees while trying to maintain a viable business, usually striking a delicate balance.

However, in the public sector, the "factory owners" are not really owners, but in fact are public employees. And they are not negotiating with their own money, but rather with public funds. And the workers are not just workers, they are also voters. It is very easy for the public-sector bosses to give in to public union demands because it is not their own money, but rather it is taxpayer money they are negotiating with. Also, public sector bosses giving in to pubic union demands is self-serving because they are essentially buying votes with taxpayer dollars, thereby assuring their own re-election.

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Warren K. Majerus

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