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Letter: Reeder's attacks on unions unfair

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

This is in response to the Jan. 28 article in the Daily Chronicle by Scott Reeder of the Illinois Policy Institute. In Mr. Reeder’s article he claims that home health care workers would be harmed by being forced to join a union and pay dues to a “union boss.” This is nonsense, as workers that don’t have union protections are generally lower-paid with fewer benefits.

For decades, corporate interests have furiously attacked workers’ rights to organize. Today these corporations are winning the battle, as union membership has declined from one-third of workers to about 11 percent today.

It is no coincidence that the standard of living for Americans has also declined during this period. Apparently, Reeder would like to see “right to work for no money” legislation become a federal law. The Republican majority on the Supreme Court may oblige him. As they have legislated from the bench, the Roberts Court has shown little interest in past precedent. 

The Daily Chronicle regularly publishes articles from the Illinois Policy Institute. The IPI is not an impartial policy advocate, as they are a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC’s radical corporate agenda is one that clearly is not in the best interests of the public. They have attacked worker’s rights, voter’s rights, civil rights, patient’ rights, right to know the origin of our food, the social safety net, environmental protections, and they support privatizing public services including schools.

It appears that the Illinois Policy Institute shares the values and the agenda of ALEC and their right wing sponsors that include the Koch Brothers and Coors family.

Stephen Reid

DeKalb

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