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Tackle Tough Labor Issues

June 22, 2013

West Virginia Sen. Jack Yost, D-Brooke, is right: Lawmakers in the past have not devoted enough energy to dealing with labor issues....

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Jun-22-13 9:18 AM

More misinformation from this editor. Closed union shops have been illegal since 1947 and there is not one of them in the US. The so called rigt to work law takes away majority rule. Even if 100% of the workers are in favor of a "union shop" in a right to work for less state you cannot have a union shop. Yet, the labor union MUST provide services for free to those who do not pay. Why doesn't the News Register deliver papers to every house in Wheeling for free and if a resident wishes to pay, they can or they can take the paper for free. Right to work for less laws are just that, provide services for free and if you don't you can be sued. Not one business in the US does that but that is what this law does. Same old tired BS from the NR.

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Jun-22-13 2:24 PM

It's funny how Liberals are for freedom of choice in some areas and against it in others!!

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Jun-22-13 2:27 PM

Hoopie- I think you are trying to mix apples & oranges. W.V. in the last 75 trs has been a strong union state. Yet we keep falling further behind most other states that have Right To Work laws. No onw wants to come in and manufacture. Coal is alreadt here, that has kept part of the state going. But it's days are numbered. The eastern panhandle seems to be doing O.K. But is that Union????

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Jun-22-13 5:55 PM

richard, "Is the Eastern Panhandle Union"? No sir that would be DC goberment jobs....46% of all US workers are employed by goberment (directly or tax payer funded)!

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Jun-22-13 10:22 PM

Hooplehead is referring to Taft-Hartley, which outlawed the "closed shop" in 1947.

HOWEVER....while a company cannot make a deal to hire 100% union workers, it CAN (and usually does, if it accepts a union) require workers to either join the union or pay union dues within x number of days, as a condition of employment.

In the building trades, a closed shop is pretty much in effect, not on paper but it is in practice. Want to get a job working on a taxpayer funded project? You have to go through the union hiring hall. And if you do that, you had better be a union member or pay dues to the union.

So, employers want nothing to do with this.

Hooplehead hires non-union people as it is convenient for her. She just doesn't want HER workers to have a choice.

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Jun-22-13 10:30 PM

Yeah, I'm sure that those Nucor steelworkers in Right To Work states are miserable about their $100,000 per year.

Or maybe those Toyota workers, who previously worked on farms or in retail, start jobs paying $40,000-$60,000 in their first year.

True, the avg. base manufacturing wage is about $850 per week vs. about $975 per week in union states but, with the cost of living factored in, workers actually come out about 4.8% better in Right To Work states.

Nucor steelworkers work in Right To Work states and are the highest paid steelworkers on the planet.

How does Hooplehead explain that? Shouldn't union workers earn more in states like West Virginia? Are there even steel jobs in WV any more?

Face it-5,000 jobs paying $40,000 per year is better than 1,000 jobs paying $50,000 per year.

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