February 13, 2011 in Letters, Opinion

Right to work a sham

 

Twenty-five years ago the citizens of Idaho passed the so-called “Right to Work” law. They were told that the law was needed to prevent them from being required to join a union as a condition of employment.

That was a lie. Being required to join a union to keep your job has been against the laws of this nation since the 1950s.

Millions of dollars came from out of state to sell this law to the Idaho public. When it was attempted to find the source of these millions, it led to a brick wall. The money had been sent into the state from a Utah political action committee. Not surprisingly, Utah has no requirement for PACs to disclose where their funds came from.

Now, 25 years later, what have Idahoans gained from this farce? The answer is nothing. In our entire nation there are only three other states where the income is lower than in Idaho.

Now it appears that the Republican-dominated Idaho Legislature will not be satisfied until they have removed any and all unions from the state. Several bills are circulating in Boise to further restrict or reduce what little rights union members have left.

Steven Brown

Kellogg


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