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Letter: Union dues

February 3, 2013


To the editor:

Thank goodness Gov. Brownback and his esteemed hard right conservative GOP colleagues are trying to save all you hard-working public servants from yourselves. If they have their way, House Bill 2023 will abolish the payroll deduction for union dues and donations. I wonder how many of you think this is just the help you will need upon your next labor contract negotiation?

But wait. There will be no negotiations either. No wage increases? No health and welfare benefit negotiation? No pension negotiation? I hope every one of you remember how the governor, and those duly elected representatives have helped you when next election time comes around.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 3 months ago

Hmmmmmmmmmm as I have been saying.

Americans Shocked To Learn There Is No Social Security Crisis


The opponents of Social Security will stop at nothing in their long crusade to destroy the most efficient retirement system in the world. Opponents have taken two tracks to attack Social Security.

The first is to claim the system as it is will fail, and the second is to claim that privatization is a better way to provide for retirement security. The first claim was the favorite from 1935 to about 2001.Then the privatization claim became the vogue. Now the first is back on the table.

With corporations routinely defaulting on their pension promises, more and more workers must rely on their individual wealth to make up the difference. The stock market collapse at the turn of the millennium wiped out much of the financial wealth of middle class Americans, and the collapse of the housing bubble has wiped out much of their remaining wealth.

Making any cuts to Social Security now, either by raising the retirement age or cutting benefits, would have a huge impact on their remaining retirement income and are not necessary to “save the system.” In fact, to make the most of the modifications currently being proposed by Obama's commission would be the height of folly.

More info not rhetoric:

========================================================= The nation has 21 years to make adjustments as necessary/

Richard Heckler 5 years, 3 months ago

Think long term impact.

It isn't only union wages that go down. It's most wages. If all unions get busted and those millions upon millions are receiving less that translates into most all other workers making less money because workers across America will quit spending money.

When workers quit spending money what happens for the long term?

People go out of business thus more job losses.

Carpenters,plumbers and electricians go out of business because workers cannot afford more houses.

Property values sink because there is no money and foreclosures continue to rise.

New auto sales will slump AGAIN.

MORE retirement plans will go up in smoke because Wall Street will take a dive because spending which drives investors is no where to be found.

Millions more will not be able to pay for medical insurance.

Sales taxes will increase because all other tax sources have gone up in smoke.

Infrastructure will go longer without maintenance and/or replacement.

This is but a short list.

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